KS3 English (Yr 7)

Curriculum Overview

Point in Year

Unit of Work Title

Starting Point

Curriculum Content

Core Knowledge

Curriculum Content

Core Skills

Mid-term and Final  Assessments

Autumn Term 1

Full text study of modern novel – Refugee Boy

Recognise some methods.

Understanding and comprehension skills.

  • Contextual knowledge relating to the text
  • How a text is structured
  • What a method is
  • Knowledge Test.

RR Focus – Articles 22, 10

  • Writer’s use of language for effect – word choice
  • Communication – oracy / debate
  • Writing in different formats
  • Linking ideas
  • Editing and redrafting
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed reading assessment based on extract from the novel – mimicking Lang P1 skills and Lit skills (Based on Alem’s dads letter)

End Assessment – Assessed writing assessment based on responding to the events that occur in the text.  (Letter writing assessment)

Autumn Term 1

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Contemporary Lit

Non-fiction Link

Reading – Letters of war

Writing – Letter writing (letter arguing that children should be protected from the consequences of war)

Spoken Language: Debate about asylum seekers right to stay in a country of their choice.

Autumn Term 2

Full text study of 19th century novel – Jekyll and Hyde

Using structural knowledge from previous unit.

Exploring knowledge around C19th

  • Knowledge of Victorian context and language.
  • Difference in structure from what is expected.
  • Knowing writer’s purpose.
  • Knowledge Test.

RR Focus – Articles 6, 19

  • Inference and deduction
  • Writer’s use of language for effect – rhetorical devices
  • Understanding of structure as a method
  • Communication – written, focus on sentence ranges.
  • Applying knowledge to inference in the text
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed reading assessment based on extract from the novel – Focus P1 Q3

End Assessment – Assessed writing assessment based on the conditions that were prevalent in the novel.

Autumn Term 2

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Pre-1914 Lit – Author study

Non-fiction Link

Reading – Newspaper articles from 19th century and modern times on crime and punishment

Writing – Writing newspapers and articles (newspaper article about the death of Danvers Carew)

Spoken Language: Presentation about 19th century London.

Spring Term 1

WW1 Poetry

Recap poetry knowledge.

Engagement with poetry and poetic techniques.

Understanding the purpose of poetry.

  • Contextual knowledge of WW1
  • Poetic devices
  • Poet’s purpose/power of words
  • Propaganda
  • Knowledge test.

RR Focus – Articles 37,38

  • Consideration of word choice – power of words
  • Writer’s use of language and structure for effect – rhyme, stanzas etc.
  • Communication – spoken word, writing poetry
  • Comparative skills introduced.
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed comparative reading assessment based on two poems within the anthology studied.

End Assessment – Assessed reading assessment based on the structure used by the poet. Lit Paper 2.

Spring Term 1

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Pre/Post 1914 Poetry

Non-fiction Link

Reading – Articles written about WW1 (propaganda and bias)

Writing – Writing to argue (Article arguing that war is wrong and can never be justified)

Spoken Language: Discussion about the impact of war on children.

Spring Term 2


Knowledge of the significance of William Shakespeare for English Literature.

Structure/ purpose of a play

Building on the power of words Spr 1 and rhetorical devices from Aut 2

  • Knowledge of Shakespearean context.
  • Shakespeare’s methods.
  • Character exposition.
  • Shakespearean language (some)
  • Knowledge test.

RR Focus – Articles 24,6

  • Reading to infer and deduce to explore deeper meaning.
  • Writing about context.
  • Applying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and text structure.
  • Communication – dramatising.
  • Reading for meaning, combining previous knowledge of structure, language and rhetorical devices.
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed reading assessment based on extract from the play – mimicking Lit P.1 skills.

End Assessment – Assessed writing assessment based on creative writing – mimicking Language P.1, Q.5 skills.

Spring Term 2

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Shakespeare/ Author Study

Non-fiction Link

Reading – Articles on superstitions and religious practices in 1500s

Writing – Writing to describe (Report of finding about the role superstitions and religion played in 1500 society)

Spoken Language – Presentation on Shakespeare and Context

Summer Term 1

Language of Advertising

Power of advertising, understanding of non-fiction, power of words.

  • Media uses.
  • Colour connotations.
  • Persuasive techniques.
  • Presentation and layout.
  • Knowledge test

RR Focus – Articles 14, 17

  • Using and recognising persuasive techniques.
  • Writing for purpose – to advise; to inform; to explain.
  • Communication – Speaking and listening, presentation skills.
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed presentation – reflecting Lang AO7-AO9

End Assessment – Writing assessment based on PAF mimicking Language P.2 skills

Summer Term 1

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Non-Fiction

Spoken Language: Dragon’s Den presentation

Summer Term 2

Myths and Legends

Previous knowledge of Myths/Legends

Structure from Aut 1, 2, Spr 2

  • Greek Myths
  • Traditional Tales/Oracy
  • Traditional structure
  • Morals/messages in text
  • Knowledge Test

RR Focus – Articles 9, 14

  • Structural writing.
  • Writing to inform through morals.
  • Communication – Oral stories, discussions.
  • Reading for meaning – application of skills from all units so far.
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Reading assessment based on a myth/re-telling of a myth – Lit contextual links

End Assessment – Writing assessment story telling – Lang Paper 1 Q5.

Summer Term 2

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – World Literature

Non-fiction Link

Reading – Historical articles based on places or people covered in the myths/legends – meaning and analysis

Writing – Fact file on the real life basis for chosen legend.

Spoken Language – Presentation of mythical creature.