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“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”

– Rita Mae Brown

Key Stage 3

Students in year 7 study eight hours of English a fortnight in order to give them the best possible start to their English journey. Students in years 8 and 9 access seven hours of English over the fortnight. Students throughout Key Stage Three are given the opportunity to explore the many varied and exciting skills that English lends itself to whilst equipping them with the skills they will require for their GCSEs. These range from studying key texts, writing their own narratives and performing spoken word projects in groups and as individuals.

Our units of study run over 10 weeks in order for us to really sink our teeth into the topic at hand and give our students the chance to find their confidence and skills. These units cover a broad range of texts and subjects but are assessed in a uniform way across the department. A small selection of the topics we cover across the key stage include:


Starting a new school can be an exciting and anxious time for everyone. We explore these ideas by looking back at our own childhoods and that of fictional characters both present day and Victorian.

Magic and Mystery:

English allows us to lose ourselves in magical realms and fantastical beasts. This unit opens students’ eyes to fantasy and that all might not be as it seems.

Most Haunted:

Pulling the covers up and reading by torchlight as we explore what it means to be haunted. This unit delves into the dark and supernatural elements of fiction all from the comfort and safety of the classroom. Students might enjoy reading extracts from ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’ as the make their way through this spooky unit.

Understanding Shakespeare:

What’s he on about? What’s Shakespeare got to do with us, anyway? This unit helps to demystify the meanings of the bard and aids students in understanding how he is still relevant to their lives today. They will learn tips and tricks to decode prose and poetry and have an understanding of what life was like for people ‘back in them days’. This unit also offers students their first opportunity to get to grips with ‘Macbeth’ a key text for their GCSE in Literature.

In English we value not only the student’s skills but the effort individuals put into their work and studies. We appreciate and award students for their continued efforts in the subject and this can be seen through effort stickers present in their exercise books.

For more information on our individual units of work and our assessment policies, please see useful links.

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