Key Stage 3 English

Our Department is a dedicated team of experienced professionals eager to inspire, challenge and facilitate learning for our students at Builth Wells High School. We deliver three hours of carefully designed English lessons to each student in our care per week, covering a breadth of skills relating to Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Whilst helping the students to become proficient in developing skills in these areas, we also endeavour to make learning purposeful, fun and relevant to their lives and experiences. We are committed to providing personalised learning for the students in our care and strive to ensure that every child’s needs are planned for, monitored and accommodated.

Staffing

Staff Member                                 Role

  • Mrs Judith Sharp                  |     Curriculum and Progress Manager (Acting)
  • Mrs Lynda Haywood          |     Teacher of English & Media Studies
  • Mr Robyn Lewis                     |     Teacher of English & Drama
  • Mrs Sally Morris                     |     Teacher of English & French
  • Mrs Carol Walsh                    |     Literacy Support Teacher
  • Mrs Esther Sargeant         |     Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Leah Shaw                      |     Teaching Assistant

 

KS3 Course Outline

6 hours per fortnight

Year 7

Autumn Term

The Island Project

A Christmas Carol/A Child’s Christmas in Wales
 

Spring Term

Study of a novel

The History of English/Beowulf
 

Summer Term

Poetry/Media

Study of a play

Year 8

Autumn Term 

Aliens and Space project

Study of a novel

 

Spring Term

Study of a play

Introduction to Shakespeare
 

Summer Term

Study of a novel

Media & Newspapers

Year 9

Autumn Term

The World of James Bond

Study of a novel

 

Spring Term

Travel Writing & The Titanic

Study of a play
 

Summer Term

The Art of Persuasion & Speeches

To Kill a Mockingbird (novel/play)

 

KS3 Information

Assessment – How is work assessed?

Books are regularly marked in detail, with a keen emphasis on Assessment for Learning – children need to know the next steps in their continued development and achievement. In addition to this, all pupils at KS3 are given formal assessment tasks every half term, with focus on Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills.

Homework – Frequency and type of work

Homework tasks vary depending on the scheme of study. The majority of homework typically takes 20-30 minutes to complete with some activities taking a little longer where necessary. In addition, we strongly encourage pupils to engage in private reading in their own time to develop their general skills.

How can you support your child?

Encourage your child to become active and engaged readers of as many different materials as possible. This can include novels, poetry, newspapers, journals, magazines, non-fiction texts, biographies, etc. Support in choosing the correct reading materials enables to develop as independent, critical readers and thinkers and assists with spelling, paragraphing, punctuation, syntax and lexis.

Equipment Required

Pen, pencil, ruler, private reading book

Suggested Reading List, a list of authors and poets:

Roald Dahl, Jaqueline Wilson, Darren Shan, Michael Morpurgo, Dylan Thomas, Robert Swindells, FE Higgins, Malorie Blackman, Anne Holm, John Boyne, David Almond, Louis Sachar, Michelle Magorian, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Robert Westall, Gillian Cross, Suzanne Collins, Anne Fine, Anthony Horrowitz, Charlie Higson, Eoin Colfer, Philip Pullman, Rick Riordan, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, JM Barrie Kenneth Grahame, AA Milne


KS3 Subjects