English Curriculum Intent
English enables our students to appreciate the power and impact of both language and literature. A broad and diverse range of experiences supports students in generating informed opinions about the world around them and equips them to communicate their thoughts and perspectives in an effective and appropriate manner. They develop their voice and an appreciation of how this can be used to influence people and instigate change within society.
This strand is a combination of the different methods used to understand and interpret texts, looking at literal and deeper meaning. Across the three years of Key Stage 3, students will develop skills that allow them to:
- Analyse language at a word level before developing alternative interpretations and perspectives in response to texts. Students will also analyse the impact of vocabulary used to present character and setting whilst creating perceptive responses.
- Find meaning from multiple texts including biographies and speeches, considering the writer’s intentions. This will allow them to respond to a variety of ideas.
- Form opinions on the choices made by writers across a variety of texts to build an effective line of argument and develop alternative perspectives on biased writing.
- Analyse the structure and construction of different texts and media including poetry, graphic novels and online literature. This includes physical and visual structure, but also structure of plot, characters and arguments.
This strand is a term that consolidates the method of imparting or exchanging information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium. Across the three years of Key Stage 3, students will develop skills that allow them to:
- Develop their use of vocabulary and word choices to manipulate the reader and create specific effects, resulting in the ability to create a deeper or implied meaning.
- Consider their sentence construction including punctuation, sentence types and the order of words used to engage and affect readers.
- Confidently use a range of persuasive language devices for a specific effect and to influence audiences. This will include the use a range of devices which are suitable for different genres, audiences and purposes.
Make use of different structural devices when creating poetry, verse and short stories.
In Key Stage 3, our English curriculum is constructed around three hinge texts each year. These hinge texts are the focal point for a whole term, giving students the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of a range of literature which becomes increasingly challenging across the three years. These hinge texts are supported by extracts from other connected literature, poetry and non-fiction to encourage students to deepen their understanding of the themes and contexts that they will be discussing and analysing in lessons.