KS3 covers the first three years of secondary school. The below guide describes what your child will learn in our English classes.
English is usually taught in ability sets in KS3. The curriculum will be the same, but higher sets will be working at a higher level, while lower sets will be given more support.
The main aim of the English curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through reading for enjoyment across a wide range of styles and genres.
There are four separate curriculum areas in English:
- Grammar and vocabulary
- Spoken English
In KS3, pupils are expected to consolidate their knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary they learned at primary school. They do this by:
- Analysing more challenging texts
- Studying the effectiveness of the grammatical features of the texts they read
- Picking up new vocabulary and grammatical tools from the books and other texts they read, and using them in their own writing and speech
- Understanding the differences between written and spoken English, including formal and informal registers, Standard English and other varieties of English
- Using Standard English confidently in their written and spoken work
- Using linguistic and literary terminology to discuss reading, writing and spoken language.