This term the English Department have launched a brand new and exciting Key Stage Three curriculum. Using a kite image and the strapline ‘Fly Above the Rest: English at PGS’, the new schemes encourage a broad approach to the subject in Years 7-9.

The new curriculum includes long-treasured classics spanning many centuries and a diverse range of new writers who we are confident will engage and excite pupils.  We believe this reflects the diversity of our community in a way that ensures that pupils, and all members of the PGS community, feel included and empowered, reflecting a wide range of experiences and perspectives. When pupils feel that they belong, they not only thrive personally but perform better academically.

In Year 7, pupils started the Autumn term with explorations into ‘Identity, Culture and Community’, continuing the work they started with the author Sita Brahmachari in Year 6 and delving into notions of what makes them unique via poetry, prose and non-fiction texts. In Year 8, pupils have texts around the theme of Politics, Power and Justice, looking at literature and non-fiction ranging from the 19th to the 21st century including writing by Dickens, Marcus Rashford and Malala Yousafzai. In Year 9, pupils are exploring ‘IntertextYOUality’, the way in which texts connect with each other across time and space and the means by which each of us is shaped by what we read and write. Pupils are comparing scenes from the Iliad with news reports of the evacuation from Afghanistan, writing their own updated versions of traditional fairy tales and learning how to debate and discuss the issues they are passionate about, from politics to sport, the environment to technology.

All pupils in Key Stage Three have been supported in their Library lessons by our wonderful Librarians who have been developing these thematic schemes of work by putting together book boxes to challenge, inspire and celebrate writing in all its genres and forms.