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Prince William School

KS3 Curriculum

Key Stage 3 Overview:

The programme of study follows the new National Curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to learn and develop the core skills that are necessary to enable them to be successful within this key stage and build a foundation for Key Stage 4 GCSE English Language and Literature. Across the reading and writing schemes of work, students will develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually as a result of the topics addressed.

In line with the national curriculum,  the English curriculum aims to ensure all students:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


The schemes of work ensure that students have the opportunity to develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material studying two Shakespearian texts (Macbeth and The Tempest,) pre-1914 texts such as The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, World War poetry and short stories as well as contemporary novels such as Harry Potter and Face (the play) by Benjamin Zephaniah.


The schemes of work ensure that students write accurately, fluently and effectively at length with opportunities to plan, draft, edit and proof read. Students will write for different purposes and audiences with opportunities to describe, narrate, persuade, argue and advise.


Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4

Cycle 5

Cycle 6

Year 7

Writing Skills: argue, persuade, advise, comment, review, describe (Spies)

Contemporary Drama: Benjamin Zephaniah “Face” (The Play)


Spoken Language/Persuasion: Speech study and production/performance.

Shakespeare: “The Tempest”

Short Stories/Genre Study: Magic and Mystery, “Harry Potter”.

Non-Fiction/Creative: Survival

Year 8

Genre Study: Gothic

“The Woman in Black”

Shakespeare: “Macbeth”


English Literary Heritage:

Language Acquisition & Change: Chaucer & Beowulf

The Language of Warfare: Multi-Modal Text Study

Wider Cultural Reading: Prose and Drama

Media Skills: Magazine Cover and Evaluation

Year 9

20th Century Literature: “Of Mice and Men”

Media Skills: Magazine Cover and Evaluation


English Literature: World War Poetry

English Language: “English Today” Analysis and Evaluation Skills

Shakespeare: “The Tempest”

Non-Fiction/Creative: Titanic


To find out more about this course please follow the link below.