Planning an English (Literary) Curriculum

The KS3 curriculum should enable students to develop a basic understanding of elements like language change and periods in the history of English Literature.


Students should broadly be aware of Romanticism, Gothic and Modernism. Feminism?

Children as Writers

From the very start, students seen as creative writers.
1st term = write a novel!

Critical Approaches

Looking at texts through different points of view (not just self): eg. eco, post-colonial, feminist.

Questions BEFORE Answers

Encouraging children to ask questions rather than (slavishly) answer questions. Building this habit early in school.

Planning Questions

Megan Mansworth in Teach to the Top suggests that examples of potential deep or high-level questions should be written into the curriculum plan.