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Ket Stage 3

KS3 topics:

Year 7:

History of language; Introduction to Shakespeare; Adventure and detective fiction writing; An introduction to media and Greek myths and legends.

Year 8:

Study of American literature, such as Of Mice and Men; Closer study of a Shakespeare play, typically A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Creative writing using poetry as a stimulus; Autobiographical writing and the study of playscripts.

Year 9:

Study of war poetry, looking at famous war poets such as Wilfred Owen; War novel study; Narrative writing, focusing on shaping a narrative and beginning the GCSE Literature course by studying either Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or Othello.

How many lessons per fortnight? 8

ILT:  ILT is set once a fortnight, with the expectation that if none has been specifically set they should read independently. Typical ILT could be preparation for spelling tests, research or even timed written pieces.

Assessment: Formal assessments take place six times across the academic year. They are usually at the end of each half-term but smaller assessments can be conducted by the classroom teacher at different points throughout the term.

Out of classroom opportunities:  Theatre visits as well as involvement in the ‘Carnegie Medal Winner of Winners’ debate. We also have a visit from at least one author per year, examples include Chris Bradford, Alan Gibbons and Tanya Landman. As well as this, Year 7s get to receive a free book of their choice as part of the Book Buzz scheme.

Accelerated Reader is also encouraged throughout KS3 linking to House points.


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