St Bees School

KS3 English

KS3 English


Course Overview

English at Key Stage 3 (KS3) encourages students to develop lifelong enthusiasm for reading, writing and spoken communication.

It equips learners with transferable language skills for interrogating and producing spoken or written texts, and working collaboratively. It also develops learners’ confidence, creativity and intellectual engagement.

What Students Will Learn

While following Cambridge International Lower Secondary English, KS3 students will develop English skills that they can apply for a range of different purposes and audiences in everyday situations and in their studies.

They will communicate confidently and effectively, and develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment, helping develop learners’ overall intellectual, creative and social development. They will:

  • become confident communicators, able to apply their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills effectively in everyday situations and in studying a range of subjects
  • see themselves as readers, engaging with a range of texts for information and for pleasure, including texts from different times and cultures
  • see themselves as writers, using the written word clearly and creatively for a range of different audiences and purposes
  • develop speaking and listening skills for effective presentation and collaboration, sharing and responding to ideas to achieve a shared understanding or goal
  • develop a broad vocabulary and an understanding of how to apply grammar and linguistic conventions appropriately
  • develop skills to evaluate spoken and written texts, making decisions about how convincingly they represent different values and opinions.

Divided into three stages, the curriculum framework covers knowledge, skills and understanding in the three strands:

  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking and listening.

Topics and Modules Covered

Year 7
Introduction to poetry
Private Peaceful by Morpurgo
Travel writing
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Non-fiction writing
Blood Brothers by Russell
Year 8
Analysing prose and poetry
A Christmas Carol by Dickens
Horror writing
Much Ado about Nothing by Shakespeare
Media writing
Lord of the Flies by Golding
Year 9
Other cultures and conflict poetry
Animal Farm by Orwell
The world of Dickens
Creative writing
Persuasive writing

Pathways to Further Learning

The study of English in KS3 gives students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as work on improving their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

It's a fantastic introduction to English and will lay the foundations for those looking to study the subject at a higher level at IGCSE or AS/A Level.