The department recognises the benefits of sharing ideas and has developed schemes of work to reinforce the KS3 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.
All aspects of the curriculum are common to all. Students must study a Shakespeare play in Year 8: Twelfth Night, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Year 9 all students study the required KS3 examination text which is currently Much Ado About Nothing. 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 KS3.
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.
Key Stage Three Reading Programme
At KS3, we want students to enjoy reading more. As part of the KS3 curriculum, we have introduced a reading programme which is part of the main curriculum. It allows students to develop active reading strategies whilst also being exposed to a wide and diverse range of fiction texts. Students are allocated to specific reading classes where they read texts intended to stretch and challenge them. Students, having completed an accelerated reader test once a half-term, use their ZPD score to ensure that their chosen text is pitched at an appropriate level.