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The current KS3 English National Curriculum states the following aims:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Reading: in this section children will cover
2 Shakespeare plays
Influential world literature
Prose, poetry and drama ( both pre-first world war and contemporary)
Writing: here children will be taught how to write
A variety of texts which will include formal and informal types of writing including letters, arguments and various presentational texts.
Presentations and scripts for presentations
Various types of imaginative writing including poetry and scripts
Essays and stories
Spoken English: this ties into a degree with the writing aspect of the curriculum. Children will be taught
to rehearse, improvise and perform poetry and plays.
Participate in structured class discussions and debates
to express their own ideas on a given discussion point
Grammar and vocabulary: again, this section is designed to stretch and support each child to achieve a high standard of spoken and written English. Children will be taught to
Study how effective grammatical techniques are through various texts
Lean-to effectively analyse the more challenging texts
Understand the difference between spoken and written English. This will include understanding the difference between formal and informal registers, and Standard English, as well as other varieties of English
Using Standard English confidently in their own spoken and written work
Extending grammatical knowledge and using that knowledge in their own work for grammatical effect
Understanding and using literary and linguistic terminology confidently and precisely.
At Redbridge Tuition, we are able to split this into 2 categories:
The first is to ensure that children are secure in terms of skills that they have learnt at key stage 2 as foundations always need to be strong in order to further build upon that base and extend into the KS3 curriculum.
The second responsibility is to ensure that the children can build their foundations for GCSE, so that the transition is not too steep.
At this stage, students begin to encounter more difficult texts and poems. Many schools will start to work through approachable Shakespeare plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, and will often watch adaptations of the plays. We can offer additional support in terms of helping students navigate the passages and texts, as well as put these texts into context.
More complex ideas like mood, register and tone, become of greater importance when analysing at KS3. This skill will become the foundation of what the GCSE exams will be built on.
It is recommended that a student keeps reading ambitiously to build a strong sense for these more subtle ideas and a wider knowledge base. This reading will help children become a lot more familiar with the transition of the English Language over the periods covered in KS3, as well as gain confidence in noticing the more subtle aspects of the text they are studying.
Sometimes GCSE students come to us with poor foundations, are barely able to write basic essays, do not understand how to approach creative writing, and have an underdeveloped vocabulary. It is thus critical for students to work hard during KS3 and keep trying to develop their English language skills.
We will help children develop skills such as writing a letter, constructing a balanced and critical three-paragraph essay, and developing creative fiction writing, as all of these are important skills to practise to create a strong foundation for GCSE.
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