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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust

Key Stage 3 English

At Key Stage 3, our aim is to promote student resilience and independence, while fostering creativity and generating enthusiasm for the subject. We do this by having high expectations; learning that is student focused and led, and creating an environment where opinions are encouraged and shared freely.

Across all year groups, students will delve into the pages of a novel, giving students the opportunity to explore books in their entirety; diving to the depth of contextual understanding and travelling with characters to the end of their voyage. Some of the magnificent texts taught include:

Year 7

* Peter Pan

* The Magicians Nephew

* Private Peaceful

* Wonder

Year 8

* Hound of the Baskervilles

* Great Expectations

* Noughts and Crosses

* I am David

Year 9

* To Kill a Mockingbird

* Animal Farm

* Jane Eyre

* Frankenstein

Throughout their KS3 journey, students will also explore a range of non-fiction texts.  With exposure to current affairs, historically important speeches, articles that changed the world and diary entries from some of the most inspiring people of all time, students will look at the ways in which the past can be documented, the present recorded and the future transformed.

The curriculum in KS3 is broad, combining opportunities for developing analytical skills, creative flair and spoken confidence. Therefore we take this opportunity to outline a snippet of the vast and creative syllabus students will follow.

In Year 7, we begin our journey at KS3 by introducing students to a world of storytelling; from Ancient Greece to Victorian London and into the depths of the Aboriginal Australian outback. Students explore the reasons why, and how, people tell stories; they gain exposure to a wide range of cultures, ideas and beliefs and build a foundation from which to understand different stories and forms of literature.

Students begin Year 8 by travelling back in time to Shakespearean England, where they are met by the dastardly villains of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. They will stumble across a number of untrustworthy characters, including the calculating and devious Lady Macbeth; the hot-headed and quick-footed Tybalt Capulet and the violent yet misunderstood Caliban. They will explore how both language and culture has changed over time and learn to look in depth at the ways in which characters are shaped and how our opinions of them are formed.

As students progress into Year 9 they will develop skills to undertake a community research project.  Students will consider the importance of our local community and explore the diverse and varied projects that take place all around us. They will consider the impact that small changes can have on our environment and explore the different ways we can shape the world we live in. Through consideration and exploration of articles, speeches, blogs and reports, students will develop a proposal that will endeavour to have a positive outcome on either our school or wider community.

How will my child be assessed at Key Stage 3?

In KS3 students complete termly assessments which measure their understanding of the key skills taught in each unit. Students complete all written assessments in their "Best Books", which will follow them on their KS3 English journey and document the progress they make. Students will undertake formative "warm-up" tasks early in each unit of work, in order to inform teaching and to provide students with personalised targets to focus on throughout the half term.  Final, end of unit, summative assessments will track student progress and feed in to the reporting cycle that keeps parents informed of their child’s progression in English and allow students to celebrate their successes.