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Key Stage 3

Our KS3 curriculum has a focus on drama, poetry and prose from the classical canon which will equip pupils with the vocabulary and confidence to tackle the new GCSEs and further academic study.  We encourage pupils to engage in debate and discussion and have designed schemes of work on language that target argumentative as well as descriptive skills. Drama is taught as a separate subject at KS3 and 4 but English and Drama work closely together in promoting articulacy and creativity in spoken language.


Overview of Schemes of Work (may be taught in a different order)


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Creative writing

Creative writing inspired by short stories and throughout the year.

Travel writing about London.

Creative writing inspired by pictures and short stories throughout the year.

Argument writing inspired by Animal Farm.

Introduction to Gothic Fiction (Writing the opening of a gothic short story).

Argument writing based on Feminist non-fiction.

Classic Novel

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


Twelfth Night

Romeo and Juliet



London from 1600 to the present day

A History of English Language

Travel Writing

Feminist Non-Fiction from 1700 to the present day

Modern Text


Animal Farm by George Orwell

An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley


(All poetry units are based on Departmental anthologies of poems from 1600 to the present day).

Poetry based on characters and animals

Poetry based on landscape and place




Wider Reading at KS3

Girls are encouraged and supported in their wider reading by reading schemes and rewards as well as regular reading lessons. Pupils are issued with reading lists for each year group and are challenged to read as widely as possible.


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar at KS3

SPAG skills are explicitly taught at KS3 and are fully integrated into our schemes of work. In addition, the Department uses school policies on proof reading and literacy marking of work.

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