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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

ENGLISH Key Stage 3 (KS3)

 

If you enjoy hard work, learning new skills, speaking your mind, reading, writing and working together, then you will enjoy English at Mount Carmel.

 

CURRICULUM

YEAR 7 - We believe it’s really important that students are excited and inspired by their English lessons. Each term students will study a different theme. The first half of each term will allow pupils to study a range of inspiring texts, which are all linked to our termly theme. These texts will be from a selection of different:
•eras (e.g. pre 19th century novel extracts and 21st century blog posts)
•contexts (e.g. newspaper articles about London and poems about other countries) and
•formats (e.g. novels, short stories, plays, poetry and online articles).

The second half of each term will require students to study set literature texts in depth. Students will need to use all of the skills they have learnt in the first half of the term to help them study their set text in detail.

 

YEAR 8 - students will study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’; a novel, ‘Stone Cold’; poetry; two non-fiction units and a creative writing unit.

During their time at Mount Carmel, students will develop skills in three areas: speaking and listening, reading and writing. Students will complete a wide range of activities and tasks, which will include:

Speaking and listening tasks: speeches, discussions, spoken language awareness, presentations, working in a group and drama performances.
Reading tasks: novels, short stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction writing, newspapers, magazines, and other media texts such as: films, websites, television and advertising.
Writing tasks: essays, poems, stories, articles and letters.

Competitions: There will be lots of opportunities to enter both local and national competitions. 

 

YEAR 9 - is an important and challenging year. It is within this year that we expect to start seeing GCSE level work. During year 9 students will study Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’;

Throughout your time here, you will develop skills in three areas: Speaking and listening, Reading and Writing. You will be doing a wide range of activities and tasks which will include:

Speaking and Listening: Speeches, discussions, spoken language awareness, presentations, working in a group and drama performance.
Reading: Novels, short stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction writing, newspapers, magazines and other media texts such as films, websites, television and advertising.
Writing: Essays, poems, stories, articles and letters.

Competitions: Through the English department there will be lots of opportunities to enter writing and speaking competitions. These change every year and your English teacher will let you know when they are coming up.

 

Assessment

In the English department we try to make students responsible for their own learning. We will teach students how to assess their own work against sets of criteria, which are sometimes set by their teacher and sometimes set by the class. We believe in TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More), so students will often work with a redrafting partner to help each other improve their work.

 

Post 16 and Careers

All careers require English. However there are certain careers where English as an A-Level or Degree would be beneficial, these include: Law, Journalism, Publishing, Teaching, Social Work, Advertising, Librarianship and Marketing.