Key Stage 3 English

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Curriculum Overview – English

Offering a diverse curriculum and boasting a range of extra-curricular activities, English undoubtedly plays a hugely important role in the lives of pupils at Lordswood Boys’ School.  Students are valued as individuals and ensure that they are grouped in sets, according to their ability, to allow for the pace of delivery of English to be adapted to suit their needs. As well as this, students have direct access to their current grades and are given bespoke information about how to make progress in reading, writing and spoken language.

The students at Lordswood Boys’ School enjoy studying a range of topics, and interactive methods such as presentations, role-play, question and answer sessions and peer assessment are utilised to stimulate and engage the boys.  The units in place cover a range of literary eras and the students, including current and classical literature. In addition, all students embark upon the Accelerated Reader scheme where, once per fortnight, the boys are given a reading lesson and undertake a quiz on their selected novel, in the library; this is just one of eight lessons of English taught every two weeks.  There are also lessons dedicated to promote the use of academic literacy as a form of intervention to enable students to write in a variety of different genres according to the purpose of the text they are producing.

Curriculum Content

Transition Unit: Persuasive writing and spoken language

The Author’s Craft

Drama Study

Introduction to Shakespeare

Exploring and writing in different genres: non-fiction texts and writing triplets

Introduction to Poetry including pre 20th century poems

Each of the units above are injected with focused teaching of spelling, punctuation, grammar and promote use of academic English.

Contemporary Novel Study

Original Writing: Superheroes

Author’s Craft: Victorian Literature

Writing In Different Genres: non-fiction texts

Poetry and Culture

Shakespeare play study

Each of the units above are injected with focused teaching of spelling, punctuation, grammar and promote use of academic English.

Writing In Different Genres: Plague Disaster

Spoken language study

Contemporary novel study: Stone Cold

Shakespeare play study: Romeo & Juliet

Creative writing based on Shakespeare study

World War I Poetry

The Author’s Craft: Of Mice And Men

Each of the units above are injected with focused teaching of spelling, punctuation, grammar and promote use of academic English.

How Classes are Grouped

Students are grouped according to ability which enables the pace of the lesson to be adjusted in order to enhance their learning.

Students are grouped according to ability which enables the pace of the lesson to be adjusted in order to enhance their learning.

Students are grouped according to ability which enables the pace of the lesson to be adjusted in order to enhance their learning.

Assessment (including homework)

Weekly with a focus on spelling, grammar and editing work by acting on feedback.

Projects to be completed over a half term, three times a year.

 

Weekly with a focus on spelling, grammar and editing work by acting on feedback.

Projects to be completed over a half term, three times a year.

Weekly with a focus on spelling, grammar and editing work by acting on feedback.

Projects to be completed over a half term, three times a year.

How to support your son

Research conducted by the British Government confirms that students who read mainly fiction texts, suitable for their ability, at least 4 times per week (for approximately 20 minutes per session) will see a significant improvement in their progress over a year. Parents should listen to their sons read and ask them questions about what they have read to further their understanding. A question guide is available from the subject English section of the LBS website.

Research conducted by the British Government confirms that students who read mainly fiction texts, suitable for their ability, at least 4 times per week (for approximately 20 minutes per session) will see a significant improvement in their progress over a year. Parents should listen to their sons read and ask them questions about what they have read to further their understanding. A question guide is available from the subject English section of the LBS website.

Research conducted by the British Government confirms that students who read mainly fiction texts, suitable for their ability, at least 4 times per week (for approximately 20 minutes per session) will see a significant improvement in their progress over a year. Parents should listen to their sons read and ask them questions about what they have read to further their understanding. A question guide is available from the subject English section of the LBS website.