english 5


At Key Stage 3, students are provided with the opportunity to develop their reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills.  Each year group study a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, that encourage the continuous development of a student's understanding and appreciation of the English language and its literary heritage.  Students are taught to revise, consolidate and secure their written skills focusing on spelling, grammar, sentence structure and use of punctuation.  Furthermore, speaking and listening are an integral feature of the curriculum and students are encouraged to develop their oral skills through many different activities in the classroom.


Each year, students study a novel, a play and a selection of poetry.  Contemporary and pre-20th century texts are taught with emphasis placed on the student's ability to read for meaning and analyse a writer's use of language in order to achieve a particular effect.

Skills developed

  • reading with fluency.
  • reading independently.
  • reading aloud with confidence.
  • knowledge and understanding of setting, plot, theme, characterisation and structure of a text.
  • knowledge and understanding of literary devices and their effect upon the reader.


Students are continuously encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of the English language.  The following skills are taught throughout years 7-9:

  • the process of planning, drafting and proof reading their written work.
  • using language to create a particular effect upon the reader.
  • using a variety of sophisticated vocabulary and sentence structures.
  • writing to imagine, explore and entertain e.g. a short story or poem.
  • writing to inform, explain and describe e.g. an informative leaflet.
  • writing to persuade, argue and advise e.g. a formal speech.
  • writing to analyse, review and comment e.g. an analytical essay based on a literary text.

Speaking and Listening

All students are taught to speak English clearly and fluently and listen purposefully, through a wide range of classroom activities such as group discussion and debate.  They are encouraged to use talk as a tool for clarifying ideas and reflecting upon what has been heard, to ask pertinent questions.  Drama plays an important part in the English curriculum and students are provided with the opportunity to take on various roles when reading and performing a work of literature, for example 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare.

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