KS3 English

Why is Art important?

Spoken and written English allows us to express our thoughts and ideas; interrogate the views of others and connect with the wider world. When we are able to express ourselves clearly and precisely, it gives power to our thoughts and views and allows us to communicate effectively.

A confident, fluent reader is able to unlock information on any subject they choose; reading is the key to knowledge. When we read critically in English, we are able to examine the content and viewpoint of a text, but also to connect with characters, settings, and concepts which are central to the human condition.  Reading helps us to understand other people; present and past worlds, and to understand ourselves.

What does a good student look like?

A good student in English is inquisitive and always questioning what they have heard or read. They are keen to identify patterns and changes in a text, and to make links between topics. They think creatively and are seeking an alternative perspective and viewpoint. They are keen to engage with the writer’s intentions and make connections with bigger concepts and ideas. 

A good student will produce thoughtful and careful written work, taking time to select the word, phrase, or device which best conveys their ideas. They write for a specific audience and intent, and use a range of punctuation, structural and linguistic devices, and vocabulary to express their ideas. 

Students in English understand that discussion is essential for developing ideas and scaffolding written responses. They actively involve themselves in paired and class discussion, and seek to challenge and develop the views of others.

Regardless of their current ability, a good student is constantly reflecting on their work and identifying areas to improve. They read widely and regularly outside of lessons.

What can I do at home to help me achieve in this subject?

There are several resources which can be accessed at home which will help with what you are studying in school:

BBC bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv

Seneca learning: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

Oak National: https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-3/subjects/english

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@bbcteach Royal Shakespeare Company: https://www.rsc.org.uk/shakespeare-learning-zone