In Year 7 students both consolidate core skills and build strong foundations for future success, developing confidence and enthusiasm when reading, writing, speaking and listening. Their understnding of their literary heritage and the different functions language and literature can perform are also increased.
Autobiographical writing provides the focus for consolidating fundamental skills such as spelling, punctuation and grammar. This is accompanied by the reading of a range of 19th Century short texts linked to modern texts through the theme of “Childhood and Family.” Students study poetry from different cultures, times and tradition gaining a good knowledge of their literary heritage as well as exploring the functions of poetry. Projects such as ‘BBC School Report’ help students to develop language skills further in a real life context. The concept of gender representation is raised through a study of Shakespeare’s characters in “A Midsummer Night’s dream.” Study of “Animal Farm” introduces students to a classic text and builds their understanding of the functions of literature in engaging with political issues. Finally, students build their drama skills and their awareness of the dramatic tradition through classical drama.
Throughout the year, a range of reading material is used to provoke thoughtful and engaging responses from students. These are also used as models for students to produce writing in a range of genres. Speaking and listening skills are developed through the use of regular discussion, debate, presentations and dramatic approaches.
Broad research skills are taught and wider reading – central to students’ success – is encouraged in visits to the library. Visits by writers are arranged where possible. Students complete the “Readership Award” - a set of differentiated tasks to build reading skills. They also are encouraged throughout the year to engage in a range of projects and competitions such as the BBC 500 word story and the Calderdale Book of the Year.
- Family / Childhood
- Throughout the Ages
- Poetry from Different Times, Cultures and Traditions
- BBC News Report
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Animal Farm
- Dramatic approaches
Homework is set regularly by subject teachers. Students are expected to read daily.
Assessment is conducted at regular intervals using formative assessment. Summative assessments are produced four times a year and are colour coded in line with the monitoring criteria.
Useful Links and Information
- Short quizzes for self-testing - https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/english/
- BBC Bitesize covers key subject areas- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv
- Booktrust - suggested reading lists for students. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/booklists/s/suggested-reading-for-year-7--year-8-autumn-term/