Introduction to the Subject    

English at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, pupils follow the English Mastery curriculum which has depth before breadth at its core. Pupils have three literature lessons a week in which they study of Shakespeare’s plays, a classic Victorian text and either poetry or a modern novel each year. Through their study they develop strong analytical essay writing skills. In addition to this, pupils have one grammar lesson a week in which they master each aspect of grammar and punctuation to enable them to communicate their ideas clearly and precisely. Pupils practice their writing through a range of fiction and non-fiction writing tasks. Pupils also have one lesson a week of reading for pleasure. For this lesson the groups are no more than 20 pupils to allow the lesson to run like a book club: reading, discussing and developing a love of literature through reading a wide variety of texts.

Literature texts studied at Key Stage 3

Year 7

Autumn term – ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens (classic starts version)

Spring term - ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare

Summer term – Metaphor in poetry and ‘The Daydreamer’ by Ian McEwan or ‘Danny Champion of the World’ by Roald Dahl

Year 8

Autumn term – ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Spring term - ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare

Summer term – ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell and creative writing

Year 9

Autumn term – ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte

Spring term - ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare

Summer term – Journeys in Poetry


For more information about English at Key Stage 3, please contact our Key Stage 3 co-ordinator Ms Wilson.


Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department.

The DNA of the English Department can be viewed here:

Bolingbroke Academy Subject DNA: English


If you have any queries please contact Head of English Ms Wilson