In Year 7 English we focus on a different topic every half-term, ranging from: creative writing & study of 19th Century authors, a ‘Poetry Over Time’ unit, a novel study, a study of ‘The Jungle Book’ with animal poetry and then we finish the year with a ‘Shakespeare Shorts’ unit. Pupils will start with a creative writing scheme of work before moving on to studying ‘Poetry Over Time’.
To support your child over the summer, we recommend that they keep up with their independent reading regularly and perhaps try books that are out of their comfort zone. Over the year, they will have the chance of using our pop-up library on Wednesdays, take part in a ‘Readathon’ to raise money whilst reading and take part in regular competitions to achieve house points for their reading. All year 7 pupils will also receive a free book of their choice from a selection from a programme called ‘Book Buzz’ (ran by Book Trust).
We start with creative writing in September to teach them some key secondary skills for their writing. Please could pupils bring in their best piece of creative writing from primary school (ideally a photocopy or if students could handwrite it again/ type it up on a word processor); this will be glued into their English books on the first page and is also great for the English department to know their true abilities.
Summer reading challenge!
Pupils will receive a bingo-like task sheet during their induction week (there is also a link below for students). Pupils are to try and complete as many tasks as possible. More information is provided on the sheet. Achievement points and certificates will be awarded upon return. Good luck and happy reading!
Don’t forget your best piece of writing from year 6 too!