English (Year 7)

Course overview – Year 7

During the year pupils will study schemes of work which include 5 main topic areas of: poetry, prose, media, drama and non – fiction. The thematic approach is taken from the N.C. and will lead to a smooth transition from KS2 to KS3. All topics are planned, taught and assessed using the Key Stage 3 framework in order to help secure students’ understanding and give them continuity to aid their transition. Pupils will study Frankenstein, S py Fiction, Poetry, Non – Fiction and Boy in the Striped Pyjamas with emphasis given to handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Drama will be incorporated into the subject and the students will be given the opportunity to develop their ICT skills , where necessary . Assessment of the attainment targets, speaking and listening, reading and writing is undertaken during each half – term. Students will be involved in the marking process and will be taught how to set their own targets, in order to allow them to improve at a speed which supports their learning. A thirst for knowledge is promoted within the department and students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning.

How to help

Always encourage your child to have a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber.

  • Encourage your child to read often; varying the genre they read and for roughly 20 minutes per day, five days per week. Newspapers, poetry, short stories and a wide range of reading materials are all fine.
  • Proofreading work carefully is important every ti me they write.
  • Make sure that a dictionary and/or thesaurus are easily available when homework is done and checked, or the ‘Franklin Spellchecker’.
  • Listen to (and/or watch) news and current affairs programm es together. You could also discuss some of the issues raised.
  • Encourage your child to listen to taped stories.

After written work has been marked

  • Make sure your child considers and responds to targets set.
  • Ask your child if the same comment has been noted by the teacher more than once. Discuss this with them.
  • Practic e spellings with them – but don’t do too many at once.

Regular Activities

  • Listen to/watch classic serials together and talk about what you’ ve seen.
  • Give books as presents.
  • Go to your local library and encourage your child to use the Learning Resource Centre.
  • Encourage the writing of stories and poems.
  • Encourage diary keeping and letter writing.
  • Encourage your child to read aloud.
  • Ask about what is being read.

English, at each Key Stage, includes both written and oral work so, good writing, reading, speaking and listening skills are all needed.

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