KS3 English

Keystage 3 – English

Curriculum Overview

The Cambridge Secondary English curriculum promotes an enquiry based approach to learning to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. The curriculum is divided into five strands: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking.

Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening are about developing thinking skills and encouraging intellectual engagement. The Use of English strand is about developing vocabulary, accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling then learning to apply these skills to the content areas. The learning objectives span knowledge and understanding and other qualities. This curriculum encourages learners to be confident, creative and intellectually engaged, capable of applying their skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with enjoyment and understanding.

Topics to be studied

 Reading Writing
  •  Understand the main points in extended texts.
  • Understand the detail of an argument.
  • Understand implied meaning in extended texts.
  • Recognise the attitude or opinion of the writer.
  • Deduce meaning from context.
  • Begin to recognise the devices a writer uses to express intentions.
  • Read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
  •  Brainstorm, plan and draft written work.
  • Compose, edit and proofread written work.
  • Write, with minimal support, with grammatical accuracy.
  • Develop coherent arguments, supported when necessary by reasons, examples and evidence.
  • Use, with limited support, style and register appropriate to a growing range of written genres.
  • Use appropriate layout for a range of written genres.
  • Spell a wide range of high-frequency vocabulary accurately
 Listening Speaking
  •  Understand the main points in unsupported extended talk.
  • Understand specific information in unsupported extended talk.
  • Understand the detail of an argument.
  • Understand implied meaning in unsupported extended talk.
  • Recognise the attitude or opinion of the speaker.
  • Deduce meaning from context in unsupported extended talk.
  • Recognise typical features at word, sentence and text level of a range of spoken genres.
  • Use formal and informal language registers in their talk.
  • Speak with a good degree of fluency and accuracy in social interaction with peers and other speakers of English.
  • Explain and justify their own and others’ point of view.
  • Analyse and evaluate the views of others.
  • Modify language mistakes in their talk which cause misunderstanding.
  • Interact with peers to make hypotheses


Formal Assessment:

Students are given formal written assessments throughout the academic year. These comprise of written papers which cover Reading and Writing, Use of English and Listening. Assessments are approximately 50 minutes for each paper.

Throughout the year students are given a variety of tasks both written and spoken. At the end of the academic year they are asked to choose their 5 best pieces of work which demonstrate their skills so their in class progress can be fairly assessed.

 Informal Assessment:

Students are continually assessed throughout the year in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Teacher feedback (written and oral)
  • Peer Assessment
  • Self Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Spelling tests

In class assessments at the end of each topic will be marked to the National Curriculum levels 1c to 8a.

Further Information

For more information regarding this course please speak to Miss Sullivan.