Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to develop pupils’ skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Speaking and listening skills are practised through a range of activities such as drama-based activities, class debates and discussions, and individual talks. Pupils also learn how to write for a variety of purposes, taking into consideration the effect on the reader and accuracy of punctuation, spelling and grammar. Finally, the curriculum ensures that pupils have an opportunity to study many different fiction and non-fiction texts from different periods, genres and cultures.

Year 7 curriculum:

  • KS2/3 transition baseline testing followed by Novel / Play
  • Prose text : Oliver Twist
  • Pre- and post-1914 poetry
  • Literary Non Fiction
  • Novel / Play
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream or Shakespeare extracts

Year 8 curriculum:

  • Themed Unit : Crime and Punishment
  • Short Stories: Pre 1914                  
  • Poetry : The Romantics
  • Pre- or post-twentieth century prose text
  • Literary Non Fiction : Travel Writing
  • Shakespeare : Romeo and Juliet

Year 9 curriculum:

  • Of Mice and Men
  • Creative Writing
  • Novel : Woman in Black
  • Non Fiction / Conflict Poetry Pre 1914
  • Shakespeare : Macbeth
  • Shakespeare : Macbeth continued