Lower School (Key Stage 3)

English Literature


Cambridge Lower School English Literature is designed to excite, inform and skill pupils in the expression of ideas and emotions. It is also designed to build confidence and enjoyment of the English Literature at Key Stage 3.


Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.


Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of researching key concepts, quizzes for recapitulation and subject related fun, completion of coursework.


Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework, grades and teacher feedback. Additionally parents can arrange consultations with teachers at mutually convenient times.

English Literature is the study of the English culture in words, what it looks like and how it works. Lower school English Literature is informed by the English National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Programmes of study. This ensures pupils have the expected knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to Upper school at any English school.

5. Pupils are taught to: develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently through:

  • reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including in particular whole books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. The range will include high-quality works from:
  • English literature, both pre-1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry and drama
  • Shakespeare (two plays)
    –  seminal world literature choosing and reading books independently for challenge, interest and enjoyment.
    –  re-reading books encountered earlier to increase familiarity with them and provide a basis for making comparisons.

6. Understand increasingly challenging texts through:

  • learning new vocabulary, relating it explicitly to known vocabulary and understanding it with the help of context and dictionaries making inferences and referring to evidence in the text knowing the purpose, audience for and context of the writing and drawing on this knowledge to support comprehension checking their understanding to make sure that what they have read makes sense.

7. Read critically through:

  • knowing how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, grammar, text structure and organisational features, presents meaning
  • recognising a range of poetic conventions and understanding how these have been used
  • studying setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of these understanding how the work of dramatists is communicated effectively through performance and how alternative staging allows for different interpretations of a play
  • making critical comparisons across texts studying a range of authors, including at least two authors in depth each year.

Reading list/set texts to be decided.

The Teacher

Dr. Tough is a highly experienced teacher of English at Lower school, IGCSE and A Level. Her love and understanding of the English Language ignites the same in her pupils. Dr. Payton encourages her pupils to work hard and to achieve.

Dr Tough English GCSE A Level online school course

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