Key Stage 3


A high-quality English curriculum should inspire in students a passion for reading, writing and speaking that will empower them to understand the world around them, building on what they have learned at primary school. At Salendine Nook High School our teaching is designed to be clear, stimulating and accessible for every student, with an emphasis on feedback to facilitate rapid progress.  Throughout Key Stage 3, students can expect to be challenged and engage with texts covering a wide range of themes and issues. The English department’s aim is to develop every student’s ability to use and interpret English successfully, effectively and imaginatively.

Students are assessed rigorously throughout and are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and development. In addition, we expect students to become confident readers of high quality literature and to read for pleasure as well as for knowledge.

Our English curriculum will:

  • Be exciting with great literature at its heart
  • Teach ‘the best of what has been thought and known in the world’ (Matthew Arnold), reducing the number of essentially transient texts explored 
  • Focus on sustained progress not rapid progress (Didau)
  • Capitalise on what students already know, building on prior learning and enabling revisiting of concepts
  • Be designed around how students learn, applying the principles of up-to-date pedagogical research
  • Deliver grammar discretely to reach a basic competency (Christadoulou)
  • Embed a ‘grammar for writing’ approach (Myhill)
  • Fulfil the requirements of the new NC
  • Prepare students for progression to KS4

Director of English:  Mr R Howell

Please click here for the Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

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