English - Year 7

The Year 7 course is aimed at building on the skills learnt in Key Stage 2 in an enjoyable and exciting way, making use of media and ICT. Students have 7 lessons per fortnight, and are taught in mixed ability groups. Exercise and text books will be provided, although students should always have a blue or black pen, a green pen, a pencil, highlighters and a ruler. There are two Student Tracking exam windows when students will be tested on the different units of work which develop their skills in reading, writing and spoken language. Students regularly peer and self-assess their work and must respond to EBI advice. They are encouraged to read independently each week and have a library lesson once a fortnight to develop their reading skills and complete activities in their Reading Passports.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
1.  Transition       Unit

2.Alien      Invasion
Students will continue with the 'Planet Leftwich' project, begun during the primary to secondary transition phase, reflecting on their accomplishments so far. Students will explore creative writing and ways to organise and develop their ideas for effect. Their sentences, spelling and vocabulary will begin to develop accuracy, building on their knowledge from Year 6.

Students will develop both reading and writing skills through exploring a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to the theme of aliens. Students will identify implicit and explicit ideas and form straightforward opinions. Students will begin to develop their understanding of writing for a particular purpose and audience, using a range of sentence lengths, punctuation and subject specific vocabulary.  

ST1 Language Exam
(35 minutes)
20th Century Prose Reading
Application Task
(30 minutes)
Transactional/Persuasive Writing
3.   Island       Survivors

4.  Through      the      Wardrobe      Door...
Students will imagine they are stranded on an island, and will explore a wealth of survival and travel-related non-fiction texts. This should include documentaries; film clips for media analysis, and as a stimulus for spoken language tasks, and travel writing. Through speech and debate, students will express straightforward ideas following preparation of an organised and structured presentation. During presentation / debates, students will meet the needs of their audience as well as listen to and respond appropriately.

Students will explore a range of fantasy fiction texts such as the Philip Pullman 'His Dark Materials' series. Students will develop their creative writing skills based upon own experience developing a believable plot, characters and ideas in detail. Students will also write a mostly controlled, coherent story. Vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling will also be mostly secure and mostly accurate.  
Application Task
(5 minutes)
Spoken Language - Speech

Application Task
(45 minutes)
Creative Writing

5.  Around        The              Globe        Poetry 

6.  World of Shakespeare
Students will explore an anthology of thematic poems based on different cultures and identities written since 1800, recognising the writer's use of language, form and structure. Students will begin to discuss obvious similarities/differences between poems. In their written responses they will begin to refer directly to the poems, make use of some subject terminology and begin to show some understanding of when and why the poems were written.

Students will explore a Shakespeare comedy (Much Ado About Nothing) as well as the time Shakespeare lived in. Students will begin to focus on how language is used to create meaning and effect. They will complete a range of activities based on plot, character, themes and style. In their own writing, students will develop an increased confidence in using a variety of sentence starts and lengths, and begin using adventurous vocabulary and punctuation.  
ST2 Literature Exam
(30 minutes)
Poetry Anthology

Application Task
(5-10 minutes)
Spoken Language - Drama

7.  The      Novel
Students will read, explore and analyse a modern novel. Whilst reading, they will show understanding of the writer's message and begin to focus on how language is used through completing a timeline, quizzes and creative writing tasks. Students will use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures as well as accurate spelling and punctuation.  
Application Task
(45 minutes)
Creative Writing  

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