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English Year 7

Aims:
We want to encourage and enable all pupils to achieve their potential in English and to develop their creative skills.  We aim to foster an enjoyment of the subject and a pleasure in reading for a range of purposes and for its own sake. We give pupils opportunities to speak with confidence and to listen effectively. We work with students to develop their analytical and critical skills and to express these in spoken and written responses which are clear and accurate. We encourage pupils to write clearly in different forms and for various purposes and audiences.     

Content:
We build on the work done in Year 6. In the autumn term, we cover Autobiographical Writing, Group Discussion techniques, Understanding the Writer’s Craft (How writers describe people and places and develop plots) and students read a contemporary novel that they choose, reviewing and evaluating it for their peers.

During the spring term, we study a contemporary novel as our class reader, examine theatre reviews and write one for our theatre trip (see below). We study and evaluate the presentation and organisation of media and advertising texts. We explore poetry from the Literary Heritage and poems written more recently.       

In the final term of Year 7, we look at how to write to persuade your readers and revisit descriptive writing in preparation for the summer examination. This is coupled with some practice of the reading techniques required for the assessment. There is a short study of the history of language change and some further reading of a novel or short stories from the Literary Heritage, some poetry and excerpts from a Drama text.  

You can support your daughter in her English studies by encouraging her to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction materials on a ‘little and often’ basis. The best writers are also good readers!

Assessment:
Homework is given once each week and may be reading, writing, research or planning. A reading and a writing task will be set each term which will be the basis of that term’s assessment. Speaking and listening assignments are also assessed during the year. There is an examination of reading and writing in the summer term.

Extra Curricular:
We encourage students to participate in writing competitions, reading quizzes, World Book Day and any other suitable activities. We run the Scholastic Book Club and Book Fair. Our Year 7 students have received a free book at the start of the year through the ’Booked Up’ scheme. We take a whole-year theatre trip out in January of Year 7. We aim to organise author visits if we can to complement the Year 7 work.

Useful Websites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/