English KS3

Term 1 – Autumn

Novel (10 weeks) 

  • X/Y 1, 2 - Treasure Island
  • X/Y 3,4,5 – The Black Book of Secrets
  • X/Y 6- Skellig

Reading assessment

Treasure Island - Title: Analyse the techniques used by Robert Louis Stevenson to create tension in chapter 13

Black Book of Secrets - Title: Explore how Higgins uses language and imagery in chapter 8 to create a negative impression of Jeremiah Ratchet.

Skellig - Title: How does David Almond use language to present the garage as a dangerous and unwelcoming place in chapter 2?

 

Poetry (5 weeks)

Writing assessment

Describe a place you know well at two contrasting times.

Term 2 – Spring

The Tempest (6 weeks)

Writing assessment

Title: Writing to describe

Create a piece of descriptive writing based on an image of desert island.

 

19th Century Texts (4 weeks)

Reading assessment

Extract from Great Expectations

Title: How does the writer create atmosphere and convey Pip’s feelings in this extract?

 

PPE preparation (4 weeks)

AQA Language Paper 1 Fiction

Reading - 4 questions based on an extract from a fiction text

Writing – descriptive writing inspired by an image 

Students to practice reading/writing papers before sitting the exam

Term 3 – Summer

Year 6 prospectus (4 weeks)

Title: Writing for a real audience. Students write a persuasive and informative letter about life at St Martin’s to year 6 students at a local primary school.

(A first draft is marked and then students re-draft their letter as homework. The letters will then be posted to local schools.) 

 

Travel Writing (6 weeks)

Summer homework: send a postcard to school from your holiday destination. 

All assessments must be completed in the students’ books in controlled conditions.

Term 1 – Autumn

Modern Novel (10 weeks)

  • X/Y1, 2 - Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • X/Y 3,4,5The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • X/Y 6- Stone Cold

 

Writing Assessment

Title: Descriptive writing based on an image

 

Non-fiction texts (5 weeks)

Reading assessment

Title: Language Paper 2: question 2 and 4

Comparing Angela Neuslatter and Oscar Wilde’s views on prisons

This unit must be completed before the PPE exam

 

Term 2 – Spring

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (6 weeks)

Writing assessment

Title: Writing for a real audience: write to an MP about a topic/local issue/charity of your choice. (The students’ first draft is assessed and then they complete the final draft for homework.) Letter is sent to MP

This unit must be completed before the PPE exam

 

World War One Literature (6 weeks)

Reading assessment

Title: Language Paper 1: questions 1, 2 and 3

Analysing an extract from the short story Propping Up the Line by Ian Beck

 

Preparation for PPE exam (2 weeks)

AQA Language Paper 2 Non-Fiction

Reading: 4 questions based on an extract from a non-fiction text

Writing:  writing to argue/persuade in response to a statement

Students to practice reading/writing papers before sitting the exam

 

Term 3 – Summer

Gothic Literature: Dracula or Frankenstein play and a selection of 19th Century fiction (6 weeks)

Reading assessment

Title: Read an extract from chapter 3 of Wuthering Heights

Explore how Bronte presents Lockwood in the extract.

 

Canon Fire (4 weeks)

Speaking and Listening (peer assessment for targets and levelled by teacher)

Write and perform al speech based on a theme from Canon Fire (revenge, peer pressure, an important place in your life, problems of growing up, a day in your life which changed you.)

All assessments must be completed in the students’ books in controlled conditions