Key Stage Three Learning Framework
This plan has been created by the English Department of the London Nautical School to form an overarching scheme within which each teacher can devise their own unique learning programme.
This scheme ensures that through their progress through Key Stage Three, the students at The Nautical build upon what they learn in a sequential way. It also ensures that the key competencies that the boys must develop to succeed in the GCSE programme at Key Stage Four are embedded during these essential formative years.
Uniquely, this plan is not prescriptive. From this framework, each teacher develops an individual programme for each class that is tailored to their specific needs and interests. English teachers at the London Nautical School work from a basis of their own passion and interest, and this structure enables their autonomy in the classroom whilst also ensuring that all students access all key areas of learning throughout Key Stage 3.
- EXTENDED READING PROJECT – Wide Reading.
- POETRY – Extended and Epic forms. Poetry by heart.
- NON-FICTION CLOSE READING – Journalist and Essay forms.
- INTRO TO SHAKESPEARIAN DRAMA
Text options: Beowulf, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Two Weeks with the Queen, Ender’s Game, Holes, Skellig, Clockwork, A Little Piece of Ground, ROTAM
- LETTERS – Detailed transactional letter writing
- POETIC WRITING – introduction to poetic devices: metre and extended metaphor. Sound poetry. Usually linked to Poetry study.
- ESSAY WRITING – Transactional
- RESPONSE TO TEXT ESSAY
- STORYTELLING – Narrative writing with a link to Drama
- POETRY BY HEART – Performance of an original or self-selected poem
- EXTENDED READING PRESENTATION – Presentation of findings from Wide Reading project
- SPEECH ARISING FROM LANGUAGE STUDY – The Language of Manipulation
- LANGUAGE OF MANIPULATION
- EXTENDED READING PROJECT: – Read for Knowledge
- LITERARY STUDY OF A NOVEL
- POETRY AND NON-FICTION CLOSE READING
- SHAKESPEARIAN DRAMA
Text options: Stone Cold, The Other Side of Truth, The Chrysalids, Kit’s Wilderness, The Graveyard Book
Shakespeare options: The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- GENRE WRITING – including script writing
- TRANSACTIONAL WRITING – Report, Account or Description
- DEBATING – Leading to inter-class debating competition
- DISCOURSES OF PROTEST – Linked to Drama
- LANGUAGE OF UNREST/CONFLICT/DYSTOPIA – Explored through the Grammar for Writing pedagogy
- EXTENDED READING PROJECT
- NOVEL STUDY – Including an investigation into the use of language in the text
- SHAKESPEARIAN DRAMA
Text options: The Old Man and the Sea, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Animal Farm, Guantanamo Boy, Lord of the Flies
Shakespeare Options: Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, 12th Night, Titus Andronicus
- WRITING ABOUT A SOCIAL ISSUE – Expository writing
- COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS – Compare two texts or a text and poetry.
- SHAKESPEARIAN WRITING BY HEART
- MAKING AND DEFENDING A THESIS – Socratic reasoning.
- SPOKEN LANGUAGE STUDY – In the style of the old AQA GCSE in Spoken Language
In addition to the programmes above, we have developed the following grammar progression which is interwoven with the literary content: