English in Year 7

English is one of the three core subjects within the National Curriculum along with Science and Mathematics. Our aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

4 Hours a Fortnight

Autumn term : ‘Oliver Twist’ - character study and nineteenth century knowledge.

Spring Term: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ - setting, moral dilemmas and Ancient Greece. 

Summer term: Poetry - metaphor.

3 Hours a Fortnight

Teachers deliver dedicated grammar lessons where students master the knowledge and skills needed to craft their writing.  This results in all students having an improved command of academic language and an ability to express themselves with precision, confidence, and clarity.

Year 7 Writing Mastery 2:

There are six  main points of focus for the grammar aspect of this scheme:

  • Writing complete sentences - students are taught how to write complex sentences which avoid fragments.
  • Demarcating sentences accurately - students are taught to write complex sentences that avoid fused and run on sentences.
  • Using capital letters correctly
  • Writing in the past tense with accurate subject verb agreement.
  • Adding details to writing by using subordinate clauses, lists and conjunctions and punctuating them correctly.

The writing focus aims to enable students to write a narrative that is accurate, coherent, appropriately detailed and consciously sequenced. The skills that are developed include:

20 Minutes a Day

Students read together with their tutor. We have a wide, diverse range in our canon, and students will read books such as: Lord of the Flies, A Monster Calls, Short Story Collection, The Hate You Give, Sherlock Holmes, Coram Boy.

Students during DEAR