Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The department recognises the benefits of sharing ideas and has developed schemes of work to reinforce the Key Stage Three framework. Staff may develop and adapt these schemes as appropriate for different classes but only within the general pattern. The central tenet of the departmental policy is that students should have parity of access to the skills and texts taught across the Key Stage and year groups.
The schemes are enriched with additional resources and ideas. These are held centrally in the department base or on the school network in RMStaff/English/ Curriculum/Key Stage Three. Likewise the Literacy Kit books may be used; there is a class set of these in each of the English rooms.
Whilst the upper band students follow the department’s schemes of work those students in the lower groups may pursue a similar curriculum supplemented with the Oxford Passwords textbooks. This allows the curriculum to be easily differentiated whilst also allowing for more support in class and at home. It also reduces the number of lengthy class readers needing to be completed by students who find reading challenging. In some cases there are alternative texts and schemes of work available for lower band groups; staff may choose to use these with or without the Passwords books for the relevant units.
Certain aspects of the curriculum are common to all. Students must study a Shakespeare play in Year Eight: Twelfth Night, or A Midsummer Night's Dream. In Year Nine all students study the required Key Stage Three examination text which is currently Romeo and Juliet. By following either the schemes of work or the Passwords books students must experience a range of poetry, prose and drama over each year of Key Stage Three.
The department recognises the vital role drama can play in allowing students to access the curriculum. It has a motivating effect and develops vital speaking and listening skills as well as inter-personal skills which are not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. The department believes pupils should be encouraged to explore their ideas in a practical way whenever possible.
All students spend one period a week studying drama in Year Seven. Where possible this is timetabled into the Drama Studio. The Head of Drama is currently developing a scheme of work that will be common to all students in Year Seven.
In Years Eight and Nine drama is covered less formally within English. Staff may book the Drama Studio when it is free. It is recognised that space is the major limitation but it is hoped that staff will make every effort to overcome this difficulty.
Information Communication Technology
The department recognises the importance of ICT in the modern world. We therefore try to develop these skills as much as possible whilst recognising that it is not an end in itself and the activities must be justified within the English curriculum.
ICT activities are built into and indicated within the schemes of work. The department also has access to the Kar2ouche software which is drama-based and allows students to create their own animated plays as well as storyboards.
Year 8 Book Club
Our Year 8 students have recently been involved in a fun new exciting book club which has just been launched CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Student review of "Apple and Rain" CLICK HERE
Student review of "Cuckoo Song" CLICK HERE
Student review of "The fastest bot in the World" CLICK HERE
Further student review of "The fastest boy in the World" CLICK HERE
REVISION RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS IN YEARS 7-9
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENGLISH REVISION RESOURCES FOR YEAR 7 STUDENTS
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENGLISH REVISION RESOURCES FOR YEAR 8 STUDENTS
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENGLISH REVISION RESOURCES FOR YEAR 9 STUDENTS