KS3 English

"Teaching is consistently outstanding in English and mathematics. School leaders have implemented very effective literacy and numeracy policies which have contributed to the high levels of attainment in English and mathematics" - Ofsted, June 2014

american english idioms book with wordsThe main aim of our English curriculum is to enable all children to achieve the fullest possible development of their abilities in speaking and listening, writing and reading. This is because we recognise that language is the principal means by which we make sense of our experiences and by which we communicate in all the different contexts in which we find ourselves.


Language is central to the learning process and staff in all departments will be helping pupils to develop their ability and confidence to use it in every area of the Middle School curriculum. The children will be encouraged magnetic poetryto use language for a wide variety of purposes and audiences. The three elements of English – speaking and listening, reading, and writing - naturally interrelate.   However, speaking and listening fluently, using thinking skills and reading widely are all promoted as the basis for improving writing.


Our school library promotes reading as a pleasurable activity and time is provided during the week to encourage reading competence.  Our KS3 English department have Reading Award Schemes for Years 7 and 8.Holes  It is a fundamental part of our pupils' English lessons, with a visit to the library once a week, and an ongoing homework to become lifelong readers.











2016 - 2017

Year 7 Autumn term 1st half

Autumn term 2nd half

Spring term 1st half

Spring term 2nd half

Summer term 1st half

Summer term 2nd term

Reading Skills

Writing Skills. Thematic approach could be used or a novel.

Learning objectives: to build on SPAG from YR 6. To read for meaning, empathy and writers’ purpose.


SMART Skills Builders for reading & writing.

English Gold 1 & 2.

Writing triplets -

Literacy In Context covering all the Writing triplets


Comprehension task or empathy task. Use Reading Milestones for assessing criteria

Writing task: report/ persuasive/ descriptive/ empathetic or narrative text. Writing Milestone assessing criteria

Spelling & reading age test at the beginning of term.

Novel or Thematic approach. Reading and writing skills.

Learning objectives: to be able to support point with quotations and explanations. P.E.E. To continue to embed SPAG in writing tasks.

Study of an author and 2/3 of their works: Morpurgo, Roald Dahl, Gleitzman.


Character study using quotations.

Use Reading Milestones for assessing criteria

Writing Milestones: Writing task- report/ persuasive/ descriptive/ empathetic or narrative( ensure it is different from last ½ term)

SP: presentation of author and his work.

Myths & Legends


Theme based module covering reading, writing, drama & SP. Learning objectives:

To continue to embed SPAG through writing tasks, to learn how to present orally, to learn how to role play.


Writing - report/ persuasive/ descriptive/ empathetic or narrative( ensure it is different from last term)

Reading level

Milestones grids for Reading. Analyse how a text has been written and the effects on the reader.



Learning objectives: to explore the changing use of English. To learn how Shakespeare uses language for effect. Students to research the life and times of the playwright. To study the play through DVD, role play and with a focus on performance.



Write a newspaper report on the events of Macbeth’s reign.

Use Milestone assessing criteria.

SP: Drama based activity/ presentation of the research.


Use the year 7 poetry scheme.

Teaching objectives: Poetic techniques, figurative language, structure and format of poetry.


compare two poems, analysing the structure and language

Use Milestones criteria for assessing.

Creative English

Topic or theme based work covering sp & l, Drama & writing skills.

See SOW called Creative English.



A set of instructions, a review of the game, persuasive techniques used in advertising.

Use Milestones for assessing.


Presentation of the game and marketing campaign.

Year 8

Autumn term 1st half.

Autumn term 2nd half

Spring term

1st half

Spring term 2nd half

Summer term 1st half

Summer term 2nd half


L.Os. Analysis of author’s craft. Precise of reading texts. SPAG.

Study of an author and 2/3 of their work.


Sp: Presentation of life/ times and works of an author: Swindells, Orwell (top sets) Michelle Magorian, Robert Westall.


Use Milestones. Analyse how a character is presented in the novel or how an atmosphere is presented.


Report/ persuasive/ descriptive/ empathetic or narrative text. Use Milestones for assessing criteria

Spelling & reading age test at the beginning of term.

Non Fiction

L.O. To explore how writers manipulate the reader. Use of P.E.E.

Analysis of a wide variety of non fiction texts; persuasive informative


Grammar for writing argument SOW.


Close analysis of persuasive techniques in a leaflet Reading: Mile stone assessment criteria

Writing a discursive essay on an issue covered in the topic.

Use Milestones for assessing criteria

Year 7 pilot language AQA test.


“Romeo and Juliet”

L.O. to explore the themes though role play, performing scenes and watching DVD. Live Wire text can be used.

Explore a poem



Diary of a character, newspaper report.


Act 2 scene 2 How does Shakespeare create a romantic atmosphere in the balcony scene? Use Milestones for assessing criteria

19thC, 20thC, 21stC texts.

L.O. To explore a range of short stories, poetry, from different centuries.


A written report discussing their favourite text or texts covered in the module.

Reading Assessment

Comparison of  2 of the texts

Writing: Descriptive writing, narrative writing. Use Milestones for assessing criteria


Give a talk to the class about their favourite text.

Reading and Writing Skills

L.O. To improve writing skills. To be able to write for different purposes and audiences. Include narrative and descriptive writing.

Use SMART Builders Skills for Reading & Writing.

Gold books 1 & 2.

Grammar for Writing  Shaping Practice SOW.

To be able to compare two texts for language and structure.

To prepare for SATs type of tests at end of year. Use Optional reading papers for practice.

Assessment: Reading GL tests

Prepare students for AQA high school tests, using SOW on Staff share

Yr. 8 high school AQA test in June.


Use Poetry Grammar for Writing SOW in Staff share.

Drama: read a play and act out scenes from it.

Suggested plays: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, The Demon Headmaster,

Whale, Plays for Young people.