International Schools Group (ISG)

Curriculum

English

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.