Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

KEY STAGE 3 ENGLISH AT MALBANK


In Key Stage 3 we aim to cover a wide variety of texts, ideas and topics to ensure that your child is challenged to become the best student that they can be. Recent feedback suggests that English is one of our most popular subjects and many students go on to opt for further study of English Literature and Language post-16.

Outlined below are the programmes of study for 2017/18 (subject to change):


YEAR 7

All students will be taught in mixed-ability form groups on arrival, as they work on unit of work entitled ‘Myths and Legends'. This project is aimed at developing an awareness of the different methods that writers use as well as exposing students to a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. During this topic students will complete three reading and writing assessments which, along with their KS2 data, will enable us to place them into ability groups for the rest of Year 7. They will then go on to study:

  • 19th Century Fiction - The Time Machine or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Shakespeare -The Tempest or Much Ado About Nothing
  • Introduction to poetry.

For each topic there will be two assessment tasks that will be completed in controlled conditions following an opportunity to draft the work. They should also receive one piece of homework each week which in most cases can be chosen from the corresponding ‘Homework Menu' (subject to change as we approach the Controlled Assessment tasks).


YEAR 8

All students begin the year by studying the novel Of Mice and Men. This allows them to look at a wide range of historical contexts as well as exploring a world-renowned piece of literature. They will then go on to study:

  • "Conflict and War" - a multi-disciplinary topic that covers a whole range of war-themed texts. This will be timed to coincide with the national commemorations that mark 100 years since the start of WWI.
  • "The Price of Freedom" - an extract-based exploration of real-world events and issues through the power of the printed and spoken word. Students will look at a variety of texts and literature, such as famous speeches by Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Emmeline Pankhurst. They will also consider the use of literature to discuss freedom and civil rights, through partial-text study of texts as diverse as Henry V, Noughts and Crosses and The Hunger Games.
  • A Shakespeare play, including an exploration of media skills through a contemporary film version. Year 8 will study A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • At the end of the year all students will have an introduction to the GCSE English Language course, which may include some work on the history of the English Language itself. Students may then be re-set for Year 9

For each topic there will be two assessment tasks that will be completed in controlled conditions following an opportunity to plan the work in advance. They should also receive one piece of homework each week, often chosen from the corresponding ‘Homework Menu'. (subject to change as we approach the Controlled Assessment tasks).


YEAR 9

Year 9 will help students to prepare for the new GCSE that they will begin in Year 10. At the start of the year all students will study a 20th Century novel - either The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Animal Farm or Noughts and Crosses. They will then go on to study:

  • A drama text, either The Crucible or Our Day Out.
  • In-depth, focused study of a play by Shakespeare. In Year 9 students will study Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. In 2016/17 we were able to offer students the opportunity to visit the theatre, and we hope to be able to do this again.
  • An introduction to GCSE poetry, building on all the skills that they acquired in Year 7 and 8.
  • The 19th Century Novel and the Gothic Tradition. Students will get an overview on the theme of 19th Century fiction and poetry, before moving on to begin the study of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

For each topic there will be two assessment tasks that will be completed in exam-style conditions. They should also receive one piece of homework each week (subject to change as we approach the Controlled Assessment tasks).

ALL THE TOPICS OUTLINED ABOVE WILL BE SUPPORTED BY A SPECIFIC FOCUS ON SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR

Extra-Curricular activities

Learning outside the classroom is extremely important to the English Department. In 2016/17 we were able to offer the following opportunities, which we hope to extend in 2016/17:

  • Creative Writing masterclasses
  • The Book and Film Club with Mrs Green
  • Theatre trips to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Blood Brothers, Much Ado About Nothing and A Streetcar Named Desire. We hope to offer more theatre visits this year.
  • A trip to see ‘GCSE Poetry Live' - again planned for this year.
  • Accelerated Reader Club in B11 every week.
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