English Key Stage 3 We teach Key Stage 3 across three years in order to consolidate and embed the necessary skills for GCSE. Key Stage 3 students have four lessons of English and one exclusive SPaG lesson each week. They study a wide range of topics and are assessed on three key areas: reading, writing and speaking and listening. Topics covered in Year 7: ‘Billionaire Boy’ by David Walliams Autobiography Poetry ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar Gothic writing Topics covered in Year 8: ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell Advertising ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare ‘The Speckled Band’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Superheroes Topics covered in Year 9: ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo and War Corporal and capital punishment Romanticism ‘Richard III’ by William Shakespeare ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell Within these units students are encouraged to work both collaboratively and independently. They write for an array of different audiences and purposes and produce a range of different text types. Our Key Stage 3 Programmes for Learning are being amended to ensure a smooth transition from Key Stage 3 to the new GCSE requirements which are being enforced from 2015.