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Help! Planning a Scheme of Work KS3

Discussion in 'English' started by annaliddell, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. annaliddell

    annaliddell New commenter


    I teach in a very small specialist school that teaches the national curriculum.
    We have had many issues surrounding English teachers and as a result we don't have a functioning scheme of work - let alone one that goes along with the new curriculum.

    We have employed an NQT to start ASAP but I am trying to get a KS3 SoW in place for them arriving.
    As a non English specialist I am finding it very tricky to distinguish between the planning on TES that match the old/new curriculum!

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
    Also in regards to assessment are the APP grids still okay to use?

  2. MarianH

    MarianH New commenter

    I'd be tempted not to rush until your English specialist arrives; they might enjoy making their own curriculum choices. There's no reason not to use APP. They are older now, but we're using them until the new life after levels framework that we are implementing kicks in in September. At this point, we will be basing all assessment around the 1-9 GCSE criteria with a working towards level directly below 1 for our weaker students.

    Rule of thumb: novel, Shakespeare, non-fiction unit, poetry and possibly some drama or short stories in Year 7 and 8 then teach back up texts for GCSE in Year 9 (I work in a school where we lose students in Year 11 so handy for them to have some knowledge of texts suitable for their GCSE in case they miss teaching at the critical stage).

    Good luck with it :).
  3. MarianH

    MarianH New commenter

    Just to add, I would intermingle writing skills and speaking and listening with reading units so there is coverage of all key skills.
  4. fineliner

    fineliner Occasional commenter

    Can you tell us a little more about your school's specialism? I might be able to help once I know what your intake is like.

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