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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

Key Stage 3

At KS3 we follow the Revised Curriculum for Northern Ireland.

 English is a subject which is:

Holistic (the separate skills you learn all enhance the subject as a whole)

Heuristic (it is based on experience and by DOING )

Recursive (you improve by revisiting / practising the same sort of task!)


“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”

James Michener


“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

Jack London


“Punctuation directs you how to read, in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play.”

Lynne Truss


“Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite with your head.”

From the movie “Finding Forrester”


“He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”

Samuel Smiles


“You don’t have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.”

John Ciardi




These are the units you will cover during Key Stage 3:


Year 8



  • All About Me
  • Character
  • Media
  • Preparation for January exams
  • Drama
  • Genres and novel extracts – openings / narration / writing on
  • Instructions
  • Explanations
  • Preparation for June exams


Year 9



  • Writer’s craft – setting, atmosphere and character
  • Creative writing
  • Persuasion
  • Film / trailers
  • Preparation for January exams
  • Recount
  • Report
  • Poetry – ballads drama
  • Writer’s craft and comprehension skills
  • Preparation for June exams




Year 10



  • Drama
  • Persuasion revisited – speeches / letters / articles
  • Preparation for January exam ( Key Stage 3, Paper 2 )
  • The Study of Spoken Language
  • Writer's Craft
  • Media - still and moving images
  • Preparation for KHS June exam