Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At KS3, students are given the opportunity to travel through key literary movements from the beginning of time to the modern and the postmodern!

The linear approach begins with ancient literature and progresses through important historical and modern literary periods giving students the knowledge, skills and curiosity to explore a wide range of texts, and read about when and why they were written.

Year 7 students start the autumn term with tales from Ancient Greece as they follow Odysseus on his epic quest.  Next they move on to Middle English, learning about the life, times and language of the Anglo-Saxons and the epic story of Beowulf.  In the spring term, students will study Middle English using Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales as their guide.  For the final unit of Y7, students will study a piece of global literature dealing with young people in foreign, and often challenging, settings.

Year 8 begins with the Renaissance period and Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.  Next, Y8 students will progress through time to study the Romantic and Gothic Romantic authors such as William Blake, Horace Walpole, Christina Rossetti and Percy Bysshe Shelley.  From the Romantics, students will next transition to Victorian era literature which centres around mystery and the macabre. Y8’s global focus will be on journeys of strength, resilience and challenge written and experienced by international authors.

Year 9 will begin with the study of modern literary greats such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Thomas Hardy and Virginia Woolf.  In the winter term, students will be introduced to Dystopian fiction which, although based on historical events, often challenge learners to think differently about current social climates and their future world.  The spring term will lead students from dystopian fiction to postmodernism where students will be given the opportunity to consider how this movement challenges the tropes of the traditional literature they have studied so far.  The final Global literary focus is on experiences where students will be introduced to international texts such as Camus’ The Outsider, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and many more.

Our schemes of work encourage students to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills – as well as challenging them to consider their position as global citizens.

The texts that we study at KS3 are designed to provide the best examples of the genre they fall into; they are varied in content and style, which is excellent preparation for exam success at IGCSE/GCSE, A Level, International Baccalaureate and beyond.

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All pupils study the core English qualifications of IGCSE English Language and IGCSE English Literature. These subjects are of crucial importance in terms of embedding the key skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening.

Throughout the 2 year course pupils have the opportunity to explore and discover a diverse range of literature from a range of genres, time periods and authors. We have high expectations that pupils will undertake their own reading at home as wider reading is essential for success in English, in addition to completing set homework tasks.

Set authors for English Literature include William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and J.B. Priestley. Pupils are required to write at length about their set texts. Coursework, written in Y10, is based on drama texts.

The English Language course focuses on responses to non-fiction texts and transactional writing tasks. Pupils are issued with an anthology of passages and poems to be prepared for the exam. There is no coursework in English Language.

The specifications we follow are:

  • Edexcel 4ET1 English Literature
  • Edexcel 4EA1 English Language

A copy of the current anthology, can be downloaded from here