Dhahran British Grammar School

Quality British Education in Saudi Arabia

English in Key Stages 3


Key Stage 3: Language


In Key Stage 3 pupils follow the National Curriculum and have opportunities to develop their skills in the four key areas of

  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking
  • listening

Through their study of language, pupils learn to recognize and appreciate the ways in which writers achieve particular effects and to communicate an informed, personal response.

Several series of textbooks are used throughout the Key Stage:

English Works

Impact English

Between the Lines

Folens English Test Techniques

Comprehension to 14


Key Stage 3: Literature

Through the study of literature, pupils are encouraged to read, interpret and evaluate literary texts. Recently studied texts include the following:

Year 7            

Journey to Jo’Burg by Beverley Naidoo

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

Holes by Louis Sachar

Year 8             

Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

The Lost by Alex Shearer

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Year 9             

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare


In Key Stage 3, assessment takes place each term in the form of reading and writing tests in the classroom. The results of formal examinations at the end of the academic year are printed on report cards in June.



For the last two years, pupils from Yrs 7-11 have had their poems published in an annual poetry competition based in the UK but open to students all over the world. Entries are about to be submitted for this year's competition entitled POP (Power of Poetry).

Young Writers