Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Oliver Wendall Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet


Key Stage 3

Students will be encouraged to enjoy and explore a wide variety of different texts in years seven to nine. Firstly, we believe that it is important to study whole novels and plays; therefore classes will read and discuss great works of literature, such as Shakespeare plays and ‘Animal Farm’. We also promote students’ own reading by introducing them to more modern fiction, such as ‘Skellig’ and ‘The Foreshadowing’. However, it is important to introduce students to as many non-fiction genres as possible, too. Throughout Key Stage Three students will investigate and analyse: the differences between tabloid and broadsheet newspapers; different types of travel writing; advertising campaigns and much more.

Furthermore, students in Key Stage Three will be given opportunities to develop their imaginative skills in various pieces of creative writing, such as poems, short stories, scripts, etc.

We are, also, placing greater emphasis on spoken tasks to increase students’ confidence in giving presentations and expressing their opinions in a range of situations.

To download information about the Key Stage 3 English classes, click here