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KS3 English : Curriculum Opportunities

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4. Curriculum opportunities

 
During the key stage pupils should be offered the following opportunities that are integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject.
 

4.1 Speaking and listening

The curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to:
  • experiment with a range of approaches, produce different outcomes and play with language
  • engage in specific activities that develop speaking and listening skills
  • use speaking and listening to develop their reading and writing
  • evaluate and respond constructively to their own and others’ performances
  • make extended contributions, individually and in groups
  • develop speaking and listening skills through work that makes cross-curricular links with other subjects
  • watch live performances in the theatre wherever possible to appreciate how action, character, atmosphere, tension and themes are conveyed
  • participate actively in drama workshops and discuss with actors, playwrights, directors and other drama professionals the impact and meaning of different ways of performing and staging drama, wherever possible
  • speak and listen in contexts beyond the classroom.
 

4.2 Reading

The curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to:
  • develop independence in reading
  • engage with whole texts for sustained periods
  • develop reading skills through work that makes cross-curricular links with other subjects
  • meet and talk with other readers and writers wherever possible
  • become involved in events and activities that inspire reading
  • discuss reading interests and preferences, and sustain individual reading for pleasure.
 
Ideas from the cLc and other schools:
Take a look at this book forum at Dame Alice Owen School.

4.3 Writing

The curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to:
  • develop independence in writing
  • produce extended writing to develop their ideas in depth and detail
  • play with language and explore different ways of discovering and shaping their own meanings
  • move beyond their current situation and take on different roles and viewpoints
  • evaluate and respond constructively to their own and others’ writing
  • draw on their reading and knowledge of linguistic and literary forms when composing their writing
  • develop writing skills through work that makes cross-curricular links with other subjects
  • work in sustained and practical ways with writers where possible to learn about the art, craft and discipline of writing
  • write for contexts and purposes beyond the classroom.
 

 
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