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Key Stage 3

Year 7 
Year 7 are taught English in their form groups and we use the range of ability by giving prominence to discussion and to teamwork tasks, as well as to tasks that divide the forms into smaller ability groups. The year starts with a ‘paired writing activity’ and moves on to cover a range of skills: debating, poetry, drama and reading. It is the year of the Inter-House Spelling Bee, for which we prepare with Spelling Bees in all classes; we prepare for the Inter-House Debate competition with a recap on the skills and conventions of debating. A Guided Reading project During Year 7 pupils will consolidate the skills they have learnt at their various primary schools, and continue and develop skills in the following areas:

1) Speaking and Listening - by giving talks, taking part in discussion, presentations, improvisations, and drama, reading aloud and reciting expression, clarity, and acceptable diction

2) Writing - by writing stories, plays, letters and poems, developing a feel for the structure of writing, and paying attention to spelling, punctuation, paragraphing and grammar

3) Reading - by reading novels, plays and poems

4) Spelling and punctuation.

Year 8
After the mixed-ability Year 7, taught in form groups, Years 8 and 9 are set according to ability in Mathematics and English, with greater weight being given to ability in Mathematics as it is a subject in which a tighter range of ability is desirable in teaching groups. 

In Year 8 Shakespeare is introduced through the Shakespeare project. 

Year 9
In Year 9 we place greater emphasis on controlled assessment exercises and the development of the analytical skills and skills in a broader range of writing that is required in the GCSE courses. This is the year in which girls are introduced to Shakespeare through a Shakespeare Project and the study of one play. Fiction and poetry of greater sophistication are tackled, and lessons learnt in composition, presentation, and oral work are consolidated. Simple critical essays are written, and a widening range of transactional pieces - reports, summaries, discursive writing. All pupils can improve their English by reading regularly, by taking an interest in current affairs and issues, by learning new vocabulary, and by checking and correcting work before it is handed to the teacher. Written work should be based on thoughtful preparation and planning, and should be written ambitiously. Pupils write better about set texts if they know them thoroughly. An alert, positive attitude in lessons and the ability to listen are essential for progress to be made.

This is the final year of Key Stage 3, so pupils are developing their skills for GCSE studies. In the course of the year, your daughter will study at least one novel; she will study also some drama, including Shakespeare, and a variety of poetry. She will continue with her language work, develop her critical ability to a more sophisticated degree, and practise writing under controlled assessment conditions.

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