English Key Stage 3 | Rainhill High School

English Key Stage 3

Key knowledge is defined for Key Stage 3; we know what our pupils need to know at the end of Year 9 in reading, writing and speaking in order to progress onto Key Stage 4 successfully. Knowledge is sequenced carefully from Year 7 through to Year 9, allowing practice and recap throughout the Key Stage as new knowledge is acquired. The Key Knowledge that we deliver is as follows

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Reading for Pleasure

Book TitlePublishing InformationWhat's it about?
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments Book 1) by Cassandra ClareWalker Books ISBN: 978-1406307627When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons.
Trash by Andy MulliganRandom House ISBN: 978-1909531130Raphael lives on a dumpsite, eking out a living sifting through rubbish. One unlucky-lucky day, he makes an extraordinary and deadly discovery. Now he and his two friends, Gardo and Rat, are wanted by the corrupt forces that run the city and will stop at nothing to get back what they've lost.
The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasWalker Books ISBN: 978-1406372151Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Coraline by Neil GaimanBloomsbury Publishing PLC ISBN: 978-0747562108Twinkling with gothic menace and dark subtext, Gaiman’s deliciously creepy fantasy mines childhood displacement and sinister new environments to create a startlingly original and unnerving novel. Ominous prophecies in the tea leaves and alternate parents with black button eyes infuse this strange, poignant work with a singular literary aura.
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakBlack Swan ISBN: 978-05527738981939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie BlackmanCorgi Childrens 978-0552548625You're waiting for the postman - he's bringing your A level results. University, a career as a journalist - a glittering future lies ahead. But when the doorbell rings it's your old girlfriend; and she's carrying a baby. Your baby. You're happy to look after it, just for an hour or two. But then she doesn't come back - and your future suddenly looks very different. Malorie's dramatic new novel will take you on a journey from tears to laughter and back again.

Text Books

Key Stage 3 English: The WorkbookCGP1847622585
Key Stage 3 English: The Study GuideCGP1847622577
Key Stage 3 Spelling, Punctuation & GrammarCGP1847624073


Website AddressDescription of what is offeredPassword
BBC Bitesize (www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize)A range of activities to support the analysis of texts and the basic skills of reading, writing and literacy.N/A
www.senecalearning.comSpecific tasks and lessons that will be assigned by English teachers at various stages in the year to supplement in class learning.A link will be sent from the class teacher.


We encourage all of our pupils to engage in enrichment and extra curricular activities in school. We are currently offering the following enrichment in KS3 but for up to date information, please consult the latest edition of the Parent Newsletter.

Club or ActivityWhen & WhereWho can I ask for more information?
Board Games ClubA109 - MondayMrs Farrell
Book ClubA112 - TuesdayMiss Thorpe
Poetry ClubA213 - WednesdayMr McCrea
BASH Reading ClubThe Library - TBCMrs Ball / Miss Dugdale