Key Stage 3 English

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The current Key Stage 3 English National Curriculum states the following aims:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding  and 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

It is split into 4 distinct sections:
  1. Reading: in this section, children will cover

  • 2 Shakespeare plays

  • Influential world literature

  • Prose, poetry and drama ( both pre-first World War and contemporary)


  1. Writing: here, children will be taught how to write 

  • A variety of texts that 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

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  1. 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

  1. 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.

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In terms of teaching

At Redbridge Tuition, we are able to split this into 2 categories:

  1. 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.

  2. The second responsibility is to ensure that the children can build their foundations for GCSE so that the transition is not too steep.

How Redbridge Tuition can help:

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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