KS3 English

KS3 English Curriculum

 

The KS3 curriculum at Cardinal Newman has been tailored to the new EDUQAS GCSE. We, as an English Department, endeavour to ensure that your child is well supported and achieves to the best of their ability through our comprehensive and extensive curriculum.

Each unit will consist of a Baseline and End assessment in order to see how your child has progressed within the term, along with a Pit-stop to assess if there are any misconceptions that shall be addressed swiftly. We also offer Literacy and Fresh Start intervention, along with Student Support, to aid your child as they continue through Cardinal Newman.

At the end of each unit, once students have completed their end assessments and been given the opportunity to reflect upon their work.

Below are each of the units studied in Year 7 and 8.

 

Year 7

AUTUMN

 

SPRING

SUMMER

1:1

Transition Unit

2:1

The Novel - A Monster Calls

3:1

Poetry

1:2

Non Fiction Reading and Writing

2:2

20th Century Fiction and Creative Writing

3:2

Intro to Shakespear

 

 

Year 8

AUTUMN

 

SPRING

SUMMER

1:1

The Novel - Lord of the Flies

2:1

Dickensian Study

3:1

Poetry

1:2

Non Fiction Reading and Writing

2:2

20th Century Fiction and Creative Writing

3:2

Shakespearean Study

KS3 Extra-Curricular Activities

Film Club:

Film Club is offered to KS3 on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes in Room 34. There will be a weekly schedule produced to include films of U, PG and 12 certification with previous options including The Hunger Games trilogy and the Harry Potter series. Each half term there will also be the opportunity to enter a competition for writing the best film review at the end of each half term.

 

Public Speaking/Debating Club

Students will be given the opportunity to make speeches, presentations and possibly perform on stage in order to build their confidence in speaking aloud. The fear of speaking in front of an audience is something we feel should be beaten therefore support and guidance shall be offered throughout. There will also be regular local and national school’s debating competitions within the Catholic Schools Alliance as a way to showcase the newly acquired skills.

 

BBC News Report Day

Students will develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters. In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website.

 

Elephant magazine

To encourage the development of reading and writing skills across all students, the English department will be producing an annual literary magazine featuring the work of students from KS3-KS5. Submissions can take the form of: Short stories, poetry, literary criticism, graphic novels, reviews and opinion pieces. Any competition pieces or updates on reader reward scheme will also be included.

 

KS3 Wider Reading

There is no doubt that students who are well read, are more successful in their examinations in both English Language and Literature. By reading, students are not only experiencing a range of texts, or allowing themselves to be engaged by writing, but they are also exposing themselves to different writing styles, new vocabulary, and imaginative ideas that they may not have otherwise known.

With this in mind, we strongly encourage students to read widely outside of the curriculum. Not only will this support them in their English studies, but it will also equip them for their GCSEs in the future.

Below is a list of suggested titles:

Liar and Spy -  Rebecca Stead

The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan

The Graveyard Book – Neil Galman

Wonder – R. J. Palacio

All  Fall Down – Sally Nichols

Eleven Eleven – Paul Cowswell

Mockingbird – Kathryn Erskine

Looking for JJ – Anne Cassidy

The Host – Stephanie Meyer

The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

Looking for Alaska – John  Green

The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot

Holes – Louis Sachar

For any further enquiries about our KS3 curriculum, please contact Mr McLintock , KS3 Co-ordinator

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