English Key Stage 3 Year 7

Year 7 English- Course Overview

Over the course of the year students will study between 6 – 8 units. Over the year students cover reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. As well as continually developing writing skills and literacy the department is committed to structured activities to enable pupils to develop individual and independent reading, as well as shared reading experiences. All units provide opportunities for speaking and listening, including paired, small group and class discussion; presentational skills are developed; and dramatic skills in role play are explored. Specific activities are tailored to the class’s needs.
Unit 1: Me 

Students start the year in English by looking at themselves, their writing and introducing themselves to their English teachers. Students explore different types and styles of writing, and focus on successfully adapting their writing to given purposes. Students produce 3 pieces of written work, that focus on them and their lives and ideas:

A letter introducing themselves

A piece of autobiographical writing e.g. ‘My Naughtiest Moment!’

An argument about something they believe in e.g. Rugby is better than football.

Unit 2: Prose Text

Students study one text. The text will be read in class and the plot, characters and themes explored by the students. Engagement with the text is a key aim of the English Department. Students will produce 3 pieces of assessed work all linked to the text studied:

A piece of creative writing inspired by the novel e.g. diary or story

An essay analysing writers’ techniques

A close analysis of a character, and the impressions informed on them in 1 or 2 chapters.      

Unit 3: Understanding and Creating Non- Fiction Texts

In this unit students study different writing styles and purposes and then aim to recreate the writing style themselves. This acts as a basic foundation for skills they will have to demonstrate higher up in school, when sitting exams and writing coursework.

Writing to instruct- directions/ recipe e.g. How to travel round the world for free.

Writing to advise, explain, inform, describe- students either produce one task for each writing purpose or one task that encompasses them all.

Unit 4: Media

Nowadays media is all around us, and we encourage our students to become critical thinkers about media from the start. This is a really enjoyable unit allowing students to study adverts, persuasive techniques, word play, the important of images and colour, and many more aspects of media. All this culminates in 2 pieces of work; one analytical and one where they show off their use of the techniques they have studied.

Writing to analyse- how titles, text and image are used

Writing to persuade- producing a piece of advertising

Unit 5: Poetry

A lovely unit to study at the start of the summer term. Students engage and respond to a variety of poems, whilst expanding their knowledge on poetic techniques and writers’ use of structure. Alongside this students produce their own poems (in class and as homework) which reflect the poems they have studied but also their own individuality.

Writing to explore, imagine, entertain- personal poetry anthology created

Writing to analyse, comment- essay analysing a poem or poems

Unit 6: Adventure writing ‘The Quest’

The Quest is an adventure story writing unit that allows the students to see and experience writing as a process. Students explore the genre of adventure and the features within it by looking at, and thinking about, typical ‘quest’ stories. The students are given a scenario, and each chapter is outlined- but the development of the scenario and specific details are generated by the students themselves. Students explore the importance of drafting, proof reading and improving their writing over a story comprising of 7 chapters.