OIAM - English

Key Stage 3

In English lessons we aim to promote a love of language and an ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, along with the ability to appreciate the ways in which language is used, and has been used over the years, by writers to engage and entertain readers across a range of genres.

The Key Stage Three curriculum for English is divided into three areas:

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

These areas are reflected in the GCSE examination requirements.

We aim to develop skills in each area to best prepare our students for the rigour of the GCSE course, which they will begin in Year 9.

Each of the three areas can be broken down as follows:


Students need to be able to read, understand and respond to a range of texts:

  • Fiction writing such as stories, play scripts, novels and poetry both modern and pre twentieth century.
  • Non fiction writing such as reports, articles, advertisements, autobiographies and biographies, diary entries and web based texts such as blogs and websites.

 Students also need to be able to read for research purposes, selecting appropriate material and making notes.


Students need to be able to write fluently and accurately, using appropriate tone and language for a range of audiences and purposes. These include:

  • First and third person narrative – story writing and autobiographical writing.
  • Descriptive writing.
  • Writing to explain and inform
  • Writing to argue and persuade

Speaking and Listening

  • Group and individual presentations using standard English
  • Group discussion
  • Pair work

Activities should cover both imaginative and transactional talk.

SPaG (Spelling and Grammar)

There is an increasing emphasis in GCSE examinations on the accuracy of students writing. Consequently, it is important to address spelling, punctuation and grammar through explicit teaching and through marking and assessment of students’ work.