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Northern Ireland key stage 3 English curriculum

Alignments coming soon

IXL's null skills will be aligned to the Minimum Content soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of null objectives below. Be sure to check out the English practice questions in IXL's null skills.

E English with Media Education

  • E.K Developing pupils' Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    • Through engagement with a range of stimuli, including peers, poetry, prose, drama, non-fiction, media and multimedia, which enhance creativity and stimulate curiosity and imagination, pupils should have opportunities to become critical, creative and effective communicators by:

      • E.K.1 expressing meaning, feelings and viewpoints;

      • E.K.2 talking, to include debate, role play, interviews, presentations and group discussions;

      • E.K.3 listening actively and reporting back;

      • E.K.4 reading and viewing for key ideas, enjoyment, engagement and empathy;

      • E.K.5 writing and presenting in different media and for different audiences and purposes;

      • E.K.6 participating in a range of drama activities;

      • E.K.7 interpreting visual stimuli including the moving image;

      • E.K.8 developing an understanding of different forms, genres and methods of communication and an understanding of how meaning is created;

      • E.K.9 developing their knowledge of how language works and their accuracy in using the conventions of language, including spelling, punctuation and grammar;

      • E.K.10 analysing critically their own and other texts;

      • E.K.11 using a range of techniques, forms and media to convey information creatively and appropriately.

  • E.1 Developing pupils as Individuals

    • E.1.1 Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.

    • E.1.2 Explore and respond to others' emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.

    • E.1.3 Develop the ability to use language (including body language) effectively in communicating with and relating to others.

    • E.1.4 Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.

  • E.2 Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

    • E.2.1 Use literature, drama, poetry or the moving image to explore others' needs and rights.

    • E.2.2 Explore the power of a range of communication techniques to inform, entertain, influence and persuade.

    • E.2.3 Consider how meanings are changed when texts are adapted to different media.

    • E.2.4 Explore how different cultures and beliefs are reflected in a range of communication methods.

  • E.3 Developing pupils as Contributors to the Economy and the Environment

    • E.3.1 Investigate the importance of communication skills in life/work situations.

    • E.3.2 Plan and create an effective communication campaign on an issue related to: Education for Sustainable Development.

  • E.A research and manage information effectively, using Mathematics and ICT where appropriate;

  • E.B show deeper understanding by thinking critically and flexibly, solving problems and making informed decisions, using Mathematics and ICT where appropriate;

  • E.C demonstrate creativity and initiative when developing ideas and following them through;

  • E.D work effectively with others;

  • E.E demonstrate self management by working systematically, persisting with tasks, evaluating and improving own performance;

  • E.F communicate effectively in oral, visual and written formats (including ICT and the moving image) showing clear awareness of audience and purpose and attention to accuracy.

I Irish with Media Education in Irish-speaking schools

  • I.K Developing pupils' Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    • Through engagement with a range of stimuli including peers, poetry, prose, drama, non-fiction, media and multimedia which enhance creativity and stimulate curiosity and imagination, pupils should have opportunities to become creative and effective communicators by:

      • I.K.1 expressing meaning, feelings and viewpoints;

      • I.K.2 talking - including debate, role play, interviews, presentations;

      • I.K.3 active listening and reporting back;

      • I.K.4 reading and viewing for key ideas, enjoyment, engagement and empathy;

      • I.K.5 writing for different audiences and purposes;

      • I.K.6 participation in a range of drama activities;

      • I.K.7 interpreting visual stimuli and the moving image;

      • I.K.8 developing an understanding of different forms, genres and methods of communication and understanding how meaning is created;

      • I.K.9 developing their knowledge of how language works and their accuracy in using the conventions of language, including spelling, punctuation and grammar;

      • I.K.10 using a range of techniques, forms and media to convey information creatively and appropriately.

  • I.1 Developing pupils as Individuals

    • I.1.1 Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore emotions and develop creative potential.

    • I.1.2 Explore and respond to others' emotions through literature, moving image or peer discussion.

    • I.1.3 Develop an understanding of the power of languages (including bilingualism and body language) to communicate and empathise with others.

    • I.1.4 Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.

  • I.2 Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

    • I.2.1 Use literature, drama, poetry or the moving image to explore others' needs and rights.

    • I.2.2 Explore the power of a range of communication techniques to inform, entertain, influence and persuade.

    • I.2.3 Analyse and evaluate how a novel has been portrayed in film.

    • I.2.4 Explore how different cultures and beliefs and language communities, here and globally are reflected in a range of communication methods.

    • I.2.5 Investigate and evaluate communication techniques used to explore a relevant ethical issue.

  • I.3 Developing pupils as Contributors to the Economy and the Environment

    • I.3.1 Investigate how communication skills are vital to life/work situations.

    • I.3.2 Investigate how the skills developed through the Irish language will enhance career options and increase mobility.

    • I.3.3 Plan and create an effective communication campaign on an issue related to: Education for Sustainable Development

  • I.A research and manage information effectively, using Mathematics and ICT where appropriate;

  • I.B show deeper understanding by thinking critically and flexibly, solving problems and making informed decisions, using Mathematics and ICT where appropriate;

  • I.C demonstrate creativity and initiative when developing ideas and following them through;

  • I.D work effectively with others;

  • I.E demonstrate self management by working systematically, persisting with tasks, evaluating and improving own performance;

  • I.F communicate effectively in oral, visual and written formats (including ICT and the moving image) showing clear awareness of audience, purpose and attention to accuracy.