English staff take a creative approach to the new KS3 curriculum The new KS3 curriculum can help staff use creativity to engage pupils with learning in English. We see how the English department at Manor College of Technology in Hartlepool maximise the flexibility of the curriculum to develop pupils’ vital skills in writing, speaking and listening.
In Year 7 Amy Coates uses a courtroom role-play to help pupils develop their written ability to argue within a critical reading unit. Jill Bullock encourages creativity in Year 8 using props and group collaboration as pupils create a murder plot to form the basis for a piece of imaginative writing. And Ashleigh Clark leads a Year 9 class as pupils improve their persuasive language by pitching to their class to have their own made-up word put in the dictionary.