The whole KS3 curriculum has been re-designed in order to meet the needs of all pupils, as they develop the skills required by the new GCSE courses introduced this year. Pupils will study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as developing their writing skills in an equally wide range of genres and purposes.
Units studied and a brief description of their content
• Private Peaceful (novel by M.Morpurgo)
• A range of Media & Non-Fiction texts
• Gothic Fiction
• Novel: Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
• Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
• Range of media/non-fiction texts
• Selection of poetry from other cultures
• Novel: Dracula (Stoker)
• Modern horror/ Writing to persuade
• Selection of poetry (this will link directly to Eng Lit GCSE)
• Creative writing (description & narrative) (this will link directly to Eng Lang GCSE)
• Shakespeare’s Othello
• Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (this will link directly to Eng Lit GCSE)
Regular & frequent assessment tasks will be set by the class teacher. These will address each Assessment Objective, as prescribed by the National Framework. An end of year exam will reflect the style of questions & answers required by the new GCSE specifications, in order to prepare students for their future exams.
Other useful information
The topics we cover in KS3 present a wide range of opportunities for thoughtful consideration and discussion. Issues regarding homelessness, war, religious conflict, race & gender (in)equality; social responsibility; ambition; life-skills; cultural differences; will be raised through works of fiction, while our media/non-fiction texts will focus on current affairs and news stories from Hartlepool, the rest of the UK, and, indeed, the rest of the world.
Class work will include small and whole group discussion and presentation on a variety of these topics, which will allow students to develop their personal skills in speaking and listening.