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Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

‘If you were appointed, what would you do to improve student enjoyment?’

My Principal queried two and a half years ago when I was internally interviewing for my current post: Head of English.

Student voice had not always been kind to my department, and I felt if we could get key stage three students enjoying the subject, that enjoyment would be embedded and blossom by the time the stress of GCSE took hold.

Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

I wanted to move away from half termly schemes of work (term 1: poetry; term 2: novel, etc) because the international school I work in does not get recognised half term breaks it seemed nonsensical to me to continue to plan in this way. I’d previously worked in a school in the UK which had been starting to implement thematic teaching and whilst it wasn’t perfect, I knew it had potential in my new environment. My vision was to have three units per year and fill each unit with a range of reading (both fiction and non-fiction) and writing.

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Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

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Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

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Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

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Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

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Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

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    Key Stage 3 - A Thematic Approach

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