Our three-year Key Stage 3 Curriculum is as ambitious as the National Curriculum. It is designed to develop vital reading and writing skills as well as encourage ideas and creativity in a challenging, yet supportive environment.  Students are taught from the outset to develop analysis skills using a variety of texts alongside the main text.  The students acquire skills in creative writing and engage in developing discussion around the notion of family, the past, friendship, poverty, social justice and love.  They will secure understanding of reading and comprehending texts and show this in their writing with interleaved study of supporting texts and activities being a mainstay of students’ learning experience.  Literacy is addressed through explicit teaching of vocabulary and a reading development programme.  We also target comprehension and fluency through faster reading of a new text at the beginning of the year. 

Year  Term   Topic  Type Of Assessment  Assessment Window 
Autumn  Family Fortunes – exploring the world of the child protagonist in A Monster Calls and other stories of family dysfunction  Vocabulary 1  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (September) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 2  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (October) 
inference and deduction 
language and effects 
writer’s choices and intent 
Vocabulary 3 (Test 1 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (November) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 4  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for speech writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (December) 
use of rhetoric 
purpose, audience and form 
content and organisation 
technical accuracy 
structure at sentence level 
Spring  Gothic Horror and the Monster Within – a study of gothic tropes in literature and film  Vocabulary 5  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (January) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 6  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (January) 
language and effects 
writer’s intent 
Vocabulary 7 (Test 5 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (February) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 8  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for creative writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (March) 
content and organisation 
technical accuracy 
structure and sentence level 
Summer  Heroes and Villains – a study of character archetypes in Shakespeare and other works  Vocabulary 9  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (May) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 10  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (May) 
language and effects 
writer’s choices and intent 
Vocabulary 11 (Test 9 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (June) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 12  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for creative writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (June) 
content and organisation 
technical accuracy 
structure at sentence level 
Autumn  Postcards from the Edge – the lives and loves of the underclass explored in The Outsiders by S E Hinton  Vocabulary 1  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (September) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 2  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (October) 
language and effects 
effects of structure 
voice 
writer’s intent 
Vocabulary 3 (Test 1 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (November) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 4  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for letter writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (December) 
content and organisation 
technical accuracy 
structure in paragraphs 
Spring  Rite of Passage – class consciousness in Our Day Out by Willy Russell and other journeys of self-discovery  Vocabulary 5  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (January) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 6  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (January) 
language and effects 
effects of structure 
voice 
writer’s intent 
Vocabulary 7 (Test 5 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (February) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 8  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for creative writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (March) 
structure in paragraphs 
Summer  Brawling Love of Hate – examining racial prejudice in The Merchant of Venice and other related works  Vocabulary 9  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (May) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 10  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (May) 
language and effects 
effects of structure 
voice 
writer’s intent 
Vocabulary 11 (Test 9 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (June) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 12  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for creative writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (June) 
content and organisation 
technical accuracy 
structure in paragraphs 
Autumn  Songs of the Self – an examination of personal and social identity through time in poetry and prose fiction  Vocabulary 1  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (September) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 2  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (October) 
language and effects 
effects of structure 
voice 
writer’s intent 
evaluation 
comparison 
Vocabulary 3 (Test 1 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (November) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 4  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for formal letter writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (December) 
content and organisation 
technical accuracy 
structure for effect 
conscious crafting 
use of rhetoric 
Spring  Rage Against the Machine – the dystopian universe revealed in George Orwell’s Animal Farm and other related futures, both real and imagined  Vocabulary 5  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (January) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 6  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (January) 
language and effects 
effects of structure 
voice 
writer’s intent 
evaluation 
comparison 
Vocabulary 7 (Test 5 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (February) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 8  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for creative writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (March) 
content and organisation 
technical accuracy 
structure for effect 
conscious crafting 
use of rhetoric 
Summer  Anthems for Doomed Youth – Flawed heroes and tragic heroines in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and other seminal works  Vocabulary 9  Week 2 
5 x thesis words  (May) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Reading 10  Week 4 
5 x comprehension questions on extract from text – core reading skills targeted include:  (May) 
language and effects 
effects of structure 
voice 
writer’s intent 
evaluation 
comparison 
Vocabulary 11 (Test 9 repeated)  Week 8 
5 x thesis words  (June) 
5 x method (Tier 3) words 
5 x text related (Tier 2) words 
Writing 12  Week 10 
5 x language and method questions in preparation for speech writing task – core writing skills targeted include:  (June) 
content and organisation 
technical accuracy 
structure for effect 
conscious crafting 
use of rhetoric 

Year 11 Booster Information


Year 11 Boosters start on Monday 13th November. Please click the link below for the full timetable of session.

Year 11 Booster Timetable