What will I be learning about in Year 7?
In Year 7, you will be developing your writing, reading and speaking & listening skills, through the focus of our Reading and Writing ‘Big Ideas’. We begin our Autumn term with a reading and writing focused scheme of work on the novel ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norton Jester; a novel which you will know very well by the end of year 6! We will be building upon your expert knowledge of the novel and developing your analytical thinking, creative writing, and sentence to word level analysis. We will also be introducing the skill of structuring an academic essay, as well as finding and developing our use of ambitious vocabulary.
Later in the year, you will be reading a play: ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley, adapted by Philip Pullman. Alongside the play, you will be introduced to the original text of ‘Frankenstein’. During this scheme of learning, you will have the opportunity to write descriptively, academically, and be introduced by your English teacher on how to be evaluative and perceptive when studying characters and themes within the play.
During the spring term, we will be devoting a scheme of learning to the introduction of Shakespeare; understanding his greatest works, deciphering Shakespearean language, and you will even visit the Globe to see a performance!
We give the summer term a kick-start by launching a persuasive writing unit. You will be given the opportunity to read more non-fiction texts, and learn the various ways we structure an argument; using persuasive techniques and a knowledge of text, tone, audience and purpose!
Finally, you will read a novel during your final half term. This will be complemented by a series of reading activities, as well as descriptive and analytical writing. You will also be able to get more opportunity for drama activities; using your excellent knowledge of the novel to enhance the speaking & listening activities.
How will it be different from primary school?
You will be taking part in even more challenging English lessons for four hours a week, taught by English specialists. This means there will be more time for you to really develop your English skills and receive help from teachers who really know their subject.
Within each hour-long lesson, you will have very clear objectives to achieve by the end of the lesson, and there will be many varied activities to help you do this. You will be working independently as well as in groups and pairs, and lessons include the use of technology, drama activities and media resources to make them engaging and fun. For example, when you study the novel ‘Frankenstein’, you will be using ‘hot-seating’ and other drama activities to enhance your learning, as well as learning more about the historical background of Frankenstein and the Gothic genre!
Who will my teachers be?
You will have one of the following teachers:
- Ms Bailey
- Mrs Bickers
- Mr Harris
- Ms Martin
- Mr Menzies
- Mr Powney
You can find out more about them in the ‘Who will my teachers be?’ section.
How will I be assessed?
At the beginning of Year 7, you will have a test so we can gain an idea of what your strengths in English are, and what we need to focus on.
At the end of every unit of work, every half term, you will have an assessment in either reading, writing or speaking & listening, which tests the skills you have learnt. These will be marked and you will receive a level for each one. You will then have some time to reflect on this and think about what you need to do to further your progress in the next one.
Towards the end of the year, you will sit a final exam in reading and writing, so we can see your overall progress for the year.
What can I do to help myself get off to an excellent start?
Try to read at home as much as possible, and read a range of genres. Really challenge yourself to read more difficult books and make sure you look up any words you’re not sure of in a dictionary. You will find out later about our English summer challenges too – look out for these, not only are they a great chance to get ready for English at the Archer but you can begin to collect house points too!