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Year 7 & 8

English in Years 7 & 8 

Throughout both years, students will also complete a number of other tasks (including letter/leaflet writing, creative writing and reading of another novel) but this is left to the discretion of the class teacher.  Each term, Practice Papers to test writing and comprehension skills are also set and assessed.

Topics Covered per Half Term Year 7 

Term Topics  Assessment
Autumn 1

Library Lessons + Novella ‘Once’

  • Plot
  • Character
  • Setting
  • Themes
  • Social Context
  • Vocabulary
  • Use of Quotations
  • Library Skills Assessment – Reading

 

 

Reading

  • ‘All Aboard’: Students read article 1 – Rescue at Sea
  • Respond to questions 1-7 in answer booklet

 

 

Autumn 2 

Non-fiction 'Fireworks' 

  • Form 
  • Persuasive techniques
  • Tone
  • Structuring an argument
  • Paragraphing
  • Sentences
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling Assessment  - Writing

 

Writing

  • Support the Lifeboats’
  • Students complete planning sheet and write on A4 Spring 2: Topic ‘Poetry’ 

 

Spring 1

‘Shakespeare’ (‘The Tempest’) 

  • Plot
  • Character
  • Setting
  • Themes
  •  Social Context
  • Theatre Conventions
  • Vocabulary
  • Use of Quotations
  • Structured Response

 

Reading

  • ‘All Aboard’: Students read article 2 – Exciting? Or just plain irresponsible?
  • Respond to questions 8 – 13 in answer booklet Summer 1:  Topic: Novel
Spring 2 

Poetry 

  • Form
  • Structure
  • Meaning
  • Figurative Language
  • Social Context
  • Use of Quotations
  • Structured Response

Own Poetry Assessment –

Writing

 

  • ‘Working Together’
  • Students complete planning sheet and write on A4 Summer
Summer 1 

Novel  

  • Plot
  • Character
  • Setting
  • Themes
  • Social Context
  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Use of Quotations
  • Structured Response

Reading

 

  • ‘All Aboard’: Students read article 3 – Danger at Sea
  • Respond to questions  14 – 27 in answer booklet
Summer 2 

Film Studies 

  • Mise-en-scene
  • Character
  •  Plot
  • Setting
  • Narrative Structure
  • Focus (camera)
  • Performance Skills
Spoken Language

 

Topics Covered per Half Term Year 8

Term  Topics  Assessment
Autumn 1

Poetry 

  • Meaning
  • Form
  • Theme
  • Inference
  • Literary Features /Techniques
  • Social Context
  • Use of Quotations
  • Structure a response

Reading

Out of the Ordinary’:

  • Students read article 1 – In the Attic
  • Respond to questions 1-8 in answer booklet Spring 1: 
Autumn 2

 Novel

 

• Reading Comprehension

• Narrative Structures

• Plot

• Character

• Theme

• Social Context

• Use of Quotations• Structured Response Assessment

Writing

 

‘That Reminds Me…’

 

Students complete planning sheet and write on A4

Spring 1 Play’ – ‘Our Day Out’
  • Plot
  • Character
  • Setting
  • Themes
  • Social Context
  • Vocabulary
  • Dramatic Techniques
  • Use of Quotations
  •  Structured Response Assessment

Reading

 

‘Out of the Ordinary’:

 

Students read article 2 – Night Music

 

Respond to questions 9- 14 in answer booklet

Spring 2 

 

Travel Writing

  • Genre
  • Style
  • Tone
  • Content
  • Structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Paragraphing
  • Sentences
  • Spelling Assessment

 

Writing

 

‘Time Capsule’

 

Students complete planning sheet and write on A4

Summer 1 

Shakespeare ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream'

  • Plot
  • Character
  • Setting
  • Themes
  • Social Context
  • Use of Quotations
  • Vocabulary
  • Dramatic Techniques
  • Theatre Conventions

Reading

 

‘Out of the Ordinary’;

 

Students read article 3 – How do we fill our day?

Respond to questions 15 – 22 in answer booklet

Summer 2 

Creative Writing ‘Adventure Story’

  • Genre
  •  Style
  • Structure
  • Opening Hook
  • Paragraphing
  • Sentences
  • Vocabulary
  • Figurative Language
  • Punctuation

Spelling Assessment – Spoken Language