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Key Stage 3 English


The English Department aims to develop your skills in reading, writing; and speaking and listening.

The Key Stage 3 syllabus at Conisborough is designed to give you a breadth of knowledge of literature and language, and to build and develop the key skills needed to succeed in Key Stage 4.

The work is organised into half termly, and occasionally termly, units.  Over the course of the Key Stage (Year 7, 8, and 9) you will get the opportunity to study:

  • poetry (some modern, some pre 20th century)
  • a modern novel
  • Shakespeare play
  • a 20th century play
  • an aspect of the media such as television or film
  • non-fiction writing

When you study the texts you will need to read them carefully so you can write about how ideas and characters are presented, as well as the techniques the writer uses.  You will learn to use different styles of writing. You will also do oral work, taking part in pair, group and class discussions as well as role-play.  To do this well, you will need to listen carefully to what other people are saying. Sometimes, you will use IT to develop your ideas.

When your homework is marked, the teacher will identify spelling and punctuation errors so you can correct these and learn from your mistakes. The teacher's comments will help you to understand what has been successful in a piece of writing and what you need to target in order to improve.  Various tasks within each unit will be used by your teacher to formally assess you, using the new 1-9 GCSE-style assessment criteria.

In Year 7 you will have four English lessons each week. Each lesson after lunch starts with 10 minutes quiet reading. You will be able to visit the library in some lessons. In Year 8 you will have three English lessons a week, and in Year 9 you will have five English lessons. Groups will depend on progress and results.

Key Stage 4 English


At Key Stage 4 you will study for the AQA GCSEs in English Language and Literature. You will be assessed through closed book examinations.

The four exams you are preparing for in English are:

  • Literature 1- Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
  • Literature 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry
  • Language 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Language 2 – Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

In Year 10 you will focus on English Literature and Language exam preparation. The key Literature texts you will study are:

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley
  • Power and Conflict poetry cluster

You will need to have secure knowledge of the historical context of texts and learn key quotes by heart. You will learn to be enthusiastic and critical readers of a range of texts as well as to compare writers' ideas and perspectives.

You will also prepare for the Language exams through the analysis of a range of challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries including literature, extended literary non-fiction and other writing such as essays, reviews and journalism.

In Year 11 you will focus on revising the set texts that you will be tested on in the final literature examination and developing examination techniques though practice and mock exams. You will complete a spoken language assessment.

The course aims to develop and test your skills in the key areas of reading and understanding writing in a variety of styles.

Students who do well in this subject are those who can:

  • Read carefully and respond thoughtfully
  • Use what text tells them in order to judge what is suggested
  • Analyse the ideas, themes and characterisation in a text
  • Evaluate texts critically
  • appreciate how an author uses language to create an effect
  • Understand how a text is structured
  • Compare writers' ideas and perspectives, and how they are conveyed
  • Write in a clear and organised way with a good level of accuracy
  • Adjust their style of writing to suit the purpose and audience
  • Contribute to discussions, expressing a viewpoint clearly; and yet also listen to what others say and consider a different viewpoint

English is important as whatever career you choose; it's an indication of your general level of literacy and your ability to communicate.  In studying English, you will develop vital skills needed to participate in society and employment.  English Literature is a valuable qualification as it is an indication of your competence as a reader and your ability to analyse and reflect. Whatever career you choose, employers will respond positively if you can offer them these qualifications.

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OFSTED, May 2018

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London SE6 2SE

Tel: 020 8461 9600

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