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KS3 English 2021
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KS3 English


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Teacher : Julia Stockley

Wednesday 10:30

Thursday 11:30

Friday 11.30

Wednesday and Thursdays lessons are repeats of each other but Fridays are a different lesson so that children can attend twice a week.

Sept 2021. Topics are Wednesday and Thursday: Writing from different cultures and on Friday: Detective fiction

Age 11 to 17                                                                                  

Course Description 

This course is for general KS3 English providing essential skills needed to progress to GCSE and IGCSE.

There are various different themes for example Gothic and Detective fiction which the students enjoy. See example below of Gothic half term.

Gothic : We have focussed on the gothic genre and have carried out a study of the features of the genre in not only literature but also film and architecture. We have now branched out so that students gain an understanding of how a writer structures a story to involve and engage the reader. Using this genre, we will consider the following over the next few weeks:

Fee £11 per one hour class

Julia uses an online classroom called ZOOM. Julia will send you an email with the links to join her classes. You need to follow the instructions she provides in order to have everything set up ready for the first lessons. Julia will contact you with a time that she will text or call you to help you to set up your computer and test that everything works okay

KS3 English course details


KS3 English will introduce students to a range of different texts, both fiction and non-fiction, with the aim of developing the skills required for a successful progression to (I)GCSE English language and literature.  Where possible there are cross-curricular links to subjects such as history and citizenship.



       Features of the gothic genre (literature, film and architecture)

       Plot - planning the parts of a story and plot diagram

       Beginnings and endings

       Setting and atmosphere (link with film shots)

       Character and suspense including creating and developing characters

       Dialogue - play scripts, direct and indirect speech

       Narrative devices

       Attention to detail

       Language for effect - how publicity is written to suit its audience

           Planning a story


Detective Fiction:

       Features of the detective genre

       Solving a mystery - reading between the lines and Van Dine’s ‘rules’ for a detective story

       Character - investigating the character of a detective. Using extracts from A Study in Scarlet and A Pocketful of Rye to examine the difference between showing and telling a reader about a character.

       Creating tension

       Plot - solving a mystery

       Openings - how to grab the reader’s attention from the beginning of the story

       Building description - using techniques such as contrast, unattributed dialogue, comparison, personification, repetition and a low-key ending

       Clues - how to give clues in a detective story to engage the reader

           Understanding the author’s craft


       Presenting the news                                    

       Features of a newspaper front page

       Structure of a newspaper article


       Reading for meaning

       Recounting events

       Role play

       Point of view


       Arguing a case

           News quiz


•         Through the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah, students will examine poetic form, rhyme, repetition, understanding and responding to ideas, poetic techniques, language choices, audience, point of view and writing about a poem.


Biography and autobiography

       Reading - skimming and scanning


       Note making

       Fact and opinion

       Gathering evidence

       Preparing an essay

           Reading for meaning: a case study - Steve Irwin

Writing from different cultures

          Features of writing from different cultures

      Youth culture in Britain


          What is advertising?

          Persuasive language

          Target audience

          Developing an argument

      Planning a letter



          Dramatic techniques

          Settings and openings




      Understanding the author’s craft – a look at Gregory’s Girl


          Science Fiction

      A look at HG Wells


History of language

          From non-verbal communication to slang


The language of Warfare




Poetry through the ages

·         A selection


      Reading non-fiction texts: a selection


               Select and retrieve

               Infer and deduce



               Overall effect

Grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary.