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. Our schemes of work are held in the KS4 Google drive.
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.