At Key Stage 3, our schemes of work are built around the National Curriculum. Students study a range of prose, poetry and drama in each year. Units of work are taught in termly (and occasionally half-termly) blocks, with students being expected to demonstrate and develop skills in each of the three core areas of English: reading, writing and speaking and listening. Students study a diverse range of genres and writers, with core texts (for example, A Christmas Carol, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime or Macbeth) being supported and complemented by examination of extracts and other texts from a range of countries and different cultures. Reading for pleasure is an expectation and this habit is supported by our ‘Reading Scrapbook’ initiative across the Key Stage. Students are equally encouraged to develop their own creative thinking and writing skills, from learning about narrative structure through Greek mythology in Year 7, to writing Gothic horror in Year 8 and developing their own dystopias in Year 9. The Key Stage 3 curriculum is intended to be varied and engaging, pushing students to succeed and providing a strong foundation of the skills needed to achieve at GCSE level. In addition to their reading and writing, rhetoric and spoken literacy also play a large part within the English curriculum, with every student at Key Stage 3 taking part in fortnightly Lt’s Think in English’ discussion based lessons and all students will take part in Project Soapbox: HGS’s own speak event where students prepare, learn and present original speeches in front of parents and their peers.