Key Stage 3 English Curriculum: 2021-22
At The Bridge Education Centre we want to provide students with a rich and broad curriculum, developing their love of English and cultivating a curiosity of learning. To enrich their knowledge and perceptions of the world around them we have created an engaging curriculum to enable every student to:
Be an individual and celebrate differences
Build resilience and become critical thinkers
Develop real world skills
Experience opportunities to develop their talents and skills
Be part of an aspirational culture of achievement, allowing everyone to experience success
For every student, we foster a love of learning; we promote curiosity; we broaden horizons.
Students will be encouraged to gain a broad experience of English across Key Stage 3, while also developing the key skills they will need to be successful GCSE students. We want students to develop a deep appreciation and enjoyment of reading and the English language, equipping them with the life-long skills to be effective, confident learners and communicators.
All students will access a rich, challenging core curriculum. Most classes will contain a varied range of needs and prior-attainment, therefore teaching will be adapted to ensure that all students are invested in their learning and being stretched to achieve their full potential. Topics such as non-fiction texts, literary fiction and poetry will be visited more than once during KS3. Each unit of work will, typically, comprise of around 6 weeks of teaching culminating in a written or oral summative assessment. Each unit will integrate the teaching of foundational skills such as spelling, punctuation and grammar. All units of work will maximise opportunities for students to develop their spoken language skills through debate, discussions and presentations.
Superheroes and Villains – students will explore the importance of Superheroes in society, and will consider how they have changed throughout the years. They will also examine and evaluate gender roles within the genre and, through group debates, they will develop the ability to analyse characters and discuss themes. In addition, students will think about the significance of symbolism, before writing an extended narrative/descriptive piece of writing.
Fun with Poetry - in this unit of work students will enjoy being exposed to a variety of poetic forms, from nonsense poems to dub poetry. They will learn to recognise and experiment with poetic devices and structures while developing the ability to evaluate structural choices to inform their own writing. Students will also deliver a poetry performance, either of their own creation or a chosen poem, before choosing from a selection of writing tasks to demonstrate their understanding.
Graffiti – students will research the origins of graffiti and learn about famous graffiti artists. They will consider whether graffiti is ‘Art or Vandalism’ through classroom debate and discussion, and write a persuasive letter to their local council to express their views. Students will read a range of non-fiction texts and will develop an awareness of writing for purpose and a particular audience, which they will apply to their own writing.
Murder and Mystery - students will read and study a range of short stories, delving into the world of the murder mystery genre. They will develop the ability to analyse how language devices contribute to meaning, and discussions will be based around a court case scenario. Students will learn how to respond to a text analytically, with a focus on crafting sophisticated paragraphs.
The Tempest - students will study Shakespeare’s The Tempest as an introduction to a whole play. There will be close study of extracts from the play and they will enjoy watching a range of productions, to include a silent film of The Tempest, The Animated Tales and an example of an RSC stage production. Students will be encouraged to evaluate the different mediums and express opinions, which they will be asked to support with sound reasoning. They will also consider social and emotional themes such as revenge, gender roles, power and violence, as well as learning how to craft structured written responses to questions about the play.
Novel – Students will study a whole novel, examining in close detail the characters, plot and themes as they read. They will complete a range of tasks to include fiction and non-fiction writing and an analytical response to the text.