Key Stage 3 English

NRC KS3 English

Key Stage 3

About the Course

We here at Elthorne/Lough Road aim to create a nurturing, yet challenging environment for young people to learn, take risks and make progress. The English Department’s role is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. In addition, we aim to make reading and writing a fun and relevant experience with opportunities to respond and write about familiar, age appropriate KS3 texts, as well as broaden young people’s knowledge and understanding about wider issues through less familiar, more challenging texts.

We provide support for all, as well as stretch and challenge through our personalised learning approach, so students are ready for reintegration into their next setting. All classes are mixed ability and mixed year groups at KS3.

What will students learn?


  • Reading for pleasure
  • Reading using reciprocal reading techniques that help with comprehension skills
  • Read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction: contemporary, global and from our rich British heritage.
  • Build the key reading skills of scanning/skimming/selecting and commenting on text
  • Feel confident about writing responses to texts that include deduction, analysis and evaluation

Reading is at the heart of our department and all students have one dedicated reading lesson a week.


  • Write clearly, accurately and in a range of forms
  • Be creative and explore story writing and description
  • Consistent leaning of spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Developing editing and proof reading skills
  • Personalised language targets

Speaking and listening

  • Use discussion to share ideas and practise listening skills
  • Engage in drama activities to explore texts and ideas
  • Learn the art of formal presentation

Access our Curriculum Map for KS3 here……

Additional Support

Students can also participate in independent learning tasks to develop their knowledge and skills further. Students will use the Lexia reading programme at least once a week to develop their reading skills, alongside reciprocal reading lessons, independent reading and one-to-one reading sessions. We also encourage students to develop their vocabulary using ‘Word Aware’ strategies.

Qualifications and accreditation

Students have an opportunity to complete the following courses with us:

  • The Bronze Arts award
  • Entry Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Functional Skills 1 & 2

These are nationally recognised qualifications and along with the rest of the curriculum, help build the skillset and resilience needed for GCSE.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in Media Studies, Drama to support their Speaking and Listening and comprehension.  All topics link to a specific context, including social, political and historical. Students may also explore cross curricular links to subjects such as History, Geography, Art and PSHE.


There are plenty of opportunities for students to develop their enjoyment of English through visits to the theatre, writing trips, competitions and clubs.

How will students be assessed?

  • Upon entry: baseline reading and writing. Reading age is worked out.
  • During term: written and verbal formative feedback from teachers with opportunities to re-draft and edit work.
  • End of each half term: students are graded with the PEARSON’S STEPS which correspond with the 1-9 GCSE grading system.

Please find information about Pearson’s STEPS here….

Parents will receive a termly report about what went well for their child, as well as ways forward to improve wellbeing and progress.