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Developing reading & writing at Key Stage 3

Developing writing at Key Stage 3

Many examinations award marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar. It is therefore important that students work hard to improve spelling, punctuation and grammar during Years 7, 8 and 9. 

  • A number of spelling, punctuation and grammar challenges can be found below:


Developing reading at Key Stage 3

In addition, reading both fiction or non-fiction is always worthwhile in developing students’ literacy skills.

  • Students in Year 7 have been following an Accelerated Reader programme and can continue with the book they should have signed out of the library. More information on the Accelerated Reader programme can be found here: 



  • Reading presents excellent opportunities for enhancing vocabulary and knowledge, in addition to being a relaxing and stress-free pastime.  If your daughter or son has the time, we would absolutely encourage they read widely and freely! As a school, we encourage students to read for pleasure and recognise that this is a key and enriching part of the KS3 curriculum. There are lots of places where students can go to access free books.  As a starting point, we recommend:



  • Finally, at Northgate, we subscribe to the website below which has hundreds of articles – it is great for all the non-fiction reading that your child might encounter as they move through school and progress on to their KS4 studies:





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