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Welcome to Year 7! The following information will give you an idea of the work that pupils cover during the year and suggest some ways that you may be able to support your child to make progress in English. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school straight away.
The work during the first term is designed to ease the transition between primary and secondary school. Pupils will become familiar with the features of autobiographical and recount texts, studying the work of writers such as Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling and Michael Rosen. Year 7 will have the opportunity to write a number of texts for different audiences and purposes; choosing success criteria, planning and drafting their writing to develop their skills as independent writers.
In the second term, pupils will study a range of traditional tales, exploring and discussing the ideas of character, plot and setting. They will also develop a number of writing skills in order to successfully write a fairy story of their own. Pupils will also think about their response to some fairy tale texts in different forms, starting to learn how to form critical responses through speaking frames, discussion and writing.
In the final term the focus is on non-fiction texts. Pupils will read and write information and discussion texts. They will build on the work they have done in responding to fiction with a range of oral and written responses to non-fiction. Topics include discussion of persuasive techniques and writing for different audiences and purposes. By this stage pupils have more of a proactive approach to their work, making their own choice of topic based on their individual interest.
Over the course of the year, assessments will take place each half term using a process of drafting, self-assessment and redrafting. In the summer term there is a short exam which tests the pupils’ progress with a comprehension task and a writing task. Pupils will also be given a fortnightly spelling test.
Pupils will experience a range of texts and approaches as well as having access to audio-visual technology.
As a department, we feel that reading is extremely important in the development of all pupils. We encourage and support personal reading, and as part of the school’s Literacy Policy, all Year 7 pupils will read for at least ten minutes each day. The library is open every day during break and lunchtimes and inductions are given so that pupils are familiar with the layout and the books on offer. We would expect all pupils to read for a short time every night and encourage them to discuss what they are reading with their teacher.
Hopefully, this will give you some idea of what to expect in Year 7. We want every pupil to enjoy their time in the English department and we also want them to achieve their potential. If there are any problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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