Key Stage 3

Units of Work Covered

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn 1

(September - October)

Work on diaries, biography, autobiography and blogs.

Pupils will cover a range of different writing styles and produce their own piece of biographical writing. Pupils will arrive at Arden with a diary that they have kept during their last week in year 6.

Media and Persuasive Writing

Pupils will examine a variety of persuasive texts from charity campaigns and analyse their effectiveness. They will also look at the style of film reviews and produce their own review of the film Chicken Run.

Fiction short-stories / novel

Pupils will study a collection of short stories or a novel from the English Literary Heritage and complete an analytical reading assessment based on what they have studied.

Autumn 2

(October - December)

Myths and Legends.

Pupils will read a variety of mythical prose and poetry e.g. Greek and Roman mythology, Beowulf. They will use the texts they study to create their own mythological tales.

Studying a drama text.

Pupils will study a drama e.g. Hobson's Choice, The Hound of the Baskervilles and complete a variety of speaking and listening and writing activities on the text.

Poetry: War Poetry

Pupils will look at a variety of poems linked to conflict and use them as a stimulus for their own creative writing.

Spring 1

(January - February)

Studying a novel.

Pupils will look at a novel e.g. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Skellig, Stormbreaker and complete a variety of reading and writing activities to improve their analytical thinking skills.

Studying a novel.

Pupils will look at a novel e.g. Kite Rider, Private Peaceful, The Ruby in the Smoke and complete a variety of reading and writing activities to improve their analytical thinking skills.

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Pupils will study Romeo and Juliet in detail and complete an analytical essay based on the play.

Spring 2

(February - April)

Studying a drama text.

Pupils will study a drama text e.g. Our Day Out and complete a writing activities on the text.

Non-fiction travel writing

Pupils will examine the genre of travel writing and produce their own piece of writing use the conventions of the genre.

Media and Non-Fiction

Pupils study a variety of media and non-fiction texts in preparation for KS4 English.

Summer 1

(April - May)

Media and Newspapers

Pupils will look at the key features of different newspapers and focus on writing to argue.

Poetry: Pre and Post 1914

Pupils will examine a range of challenging poetry and complete a comparative assessment on two poems.

Writing Skills: Humour

Pupils will begin to prepare for their English GCSE by studying humorous writing, explaining the techniques writers use and creating their own pieces of humorous writing.

Subject to change in anticipation of new GCSEs

Summer 2

(June - July)

Poetry from Other Cultures

Pupils will study a range of poems, in a variety of forms from many different cultures and countries. They will practise their analytical, speaking and listening and writing skills by taking part in group discussions about the poetry.

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Pupils will study the play and complete a range of analytical and speaking and listening tasks based on the content.

The Spoken Word

Pupils will begin to prepare for their English GCSE by studying the Spoken Word and completing a mock Controlled Assessment Task in exam conditions.

Subject to change in anticipation of new GCSEs