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English Key Stage 3

Year 7

Teaching objectives consist of four core skills:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Reading

In Y7 students are encouraged to develop their awareness of the significance of reading and their understanding of a range of texts. The focus is on beginning to perceive the author’s intention in a text and on identifying key features, themes and character through deduction and inference. Students’ exposure to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as literature in all its forms, ensures that all students begin to read for meaning.

Writing

In Y7 students are given the opportunity to plan, draft and present their writing in a range of forms for different readers. These forms may include, writing to entertain, to persuade, to explain, to advise or to imagine. Students are inspired to write in varied and interesting ways and are exposed to imaginative and ambitious vocabulary which they are encouraged to employ in their own writing. Spelling strategies are also put in place to assist students with the spelling of words with irregular and complex patterns and the wide use of accurate punctuation is encouraged.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening skills are developed through a variety of engaging activities designed to increase the students’ confidence and fluency. Y7 students are given the opportunity to utilize interesting and ambitious vocabulary and to develop awareness of tone and register in an oral situation. They are encouraged to listen carefully and to respond to others’ opinions with sensitivity.

Year 8

Teaching objectives consist of four core skills:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Reading

In Y8 students are encouraged to read and discuss a range of texts, continuing to develop their understanding of the significance of reading. As well as identifying key features, themes and character through deduction and inference, students are also encouraged to identify different layers of meaning in texts and to give a personal response to all forms of fiction and non-fiction. Students’ are given the opportunity to justify their views through the study of aspects of language and structure in a variety of texts.

Writing

In Y8 students are expected to plan, draft and present their writing in a range of forms for different readers. These forms may include, writing to entertain, to persuade, to explain, to advise or to imagine. Students are inspired to write in varied and interesting ways and are exposed to imaginative and ambitious vocabulary. The subtle differences between similar words are discussed and students are encouraged to apply these words accurately in their own writing in order to create effects. Students are prompted to develop their own spelling strategies to assist them with more complex or irregular patterns. The wide and accurate use of punctuation for effect is encouraged.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening skills are developed through a variety of engaging activities designed to increase the students’ confidence and fluency. Y8 students are given the opportunity to utilize interesting and ambitious vocabulary and to adapt their talk to the demands of different contexts with increasing confidence. They are encouraged to listen carefully and to respond actively to others’ opinions with sensitivity.

Year 9

Teaching objectives consist of four core skills:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Reading

In Y9 students are encouraged to read and discuss a range of texts and to show an understanding of how meaning is conveyed in these texts through a number of authorial devices. Students use their developed skills in inference and deduction confidently in order to give a critical response and evaluation of all forms of literary text. Students are given the opportunity to justify their views through their awareness of aspects of language and structure in a variety of texts. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their skills in synthesis by selecting and analysing information from a variety of sources.

Writing

In Y9 students are expected to plan, draft and present their writing in a range of forms for different readers in a lively and thoughtful way. These forms may include, writing to entertain, to persuade, to explain, to advise or to imagine. The students’ choice of vocabulary is often precise and adventurous and words are clearly used for effect. Students in Y9 are encouraged to use punctuation which clearly creates meaning and effect.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening skills are developed through a variety of engaging activities designed to increase the students’ confidence and fluency. Y9 students are given the opportunity to utilize interesting and ambitious vocabulary and to organise their talk in an assured manner. Students are encouraged to listen to ideas and opinions with sensitivity, to evaluate each others’ arguments and to respond appropriately.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle