Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of the units outlined below. These cover a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening assessments throughout the year that focus on key skills. Pupils will develop their strengths in these identified key areas before moving each half term onto another focussed set of skills.

Assessment: All assessments are completed in class under controlled conditions in order to build up vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Pupils are made aware of what they are being assessed on and how they are assessed early on in the unit.  These assessments are based on six Assessment Objectives for English Language and four Assessment Objectives (AO’s). The Assessment Objectives have been devised from the GCSE specifications, a copy if which can be found at the front of your child’s exercise book.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, English Language and Literature are both examined and assessed by Edexcel. Across the key stage, key literary texts are analysed and evaluated, whilst the skills introduced to pupils throughout Key Stage 3 are developed. Alongside novels and plays, nonfiction and media texts are used to stimulate creative writing and the appreciation of the power of language.

Assessment: Both English Language and English Literature are assessed by 100%

Overview of topics being studied

YearAutumnSpringSummer
7 English Language – Imaginative writing.
19th Century Fiction Extracts.
English Literature -   
An Introduction to Poetry.
English Language –
Non Fiction focus leading to Transactional Writing
English Literature –
Post 1914 Text.
Introduction to Shakespeare.
8 English Literature –
Shakespeare play.
English Language –
Non Fiction Travel writing leading to Transactional Writing
English Literature –
Poetry
Post 1914 Text.

English Language –
19th Century Extracts.
Imaginative Writing.

9 English Literature –
Shakespeare play.
English Language –
Imaginative Writing.
English Literature –
Post 1914 Text.
Poetry Collection.

English Language –
19th Century Extracts.
Non Fiction focus leading to Transactional Writing.

10 English Language –
Reading Non Fiction. Spoken Language presentation skills.
Transactional Writing.
English Literature –
19th Century Novel.
English Language -
Unseen 19th Century Fiction.
Creative Writing.
English Literature –
Post 1914 British Drama or Fiction.
English Language –
Creative Writing.
Spoken Language Research and Presentation.
English Literature –
Poetry Anthology.
Unseen Poetry.
11

English Literature –
Shakespeare.
English Language –
Transactional Writing.
Spoken Language.

English Language –
Exam Revision Paper 1.
Exam Revision Paper 2.
English Literature –
Exam Revision Paper 1.
Exam Revision Paper 2.

Continued Revision Dependant on Exam Dates.