Year 7 English Curriculum
|Topic||Further details about the topic|
|1||A History of English Literature||Students will reflect on why we read and the importance of English, before engaging with a wide range of different literary texts from different periods to explore the development of English Literature over time.|
|2||Introduction to the Novel: Animal Farm by George Orwell OR The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame||
Students will engage with a classic novel to promote our ‘love of reading’ culture at King’s.
Students will develop analytical skills to effectively respond to challenging novels.
|1||Introduction to Modern Drama: Journey’s End||
Students will develop analytical skills to effectively respond to challenging modern drama.
Students will explore the significance of historical context and how this influences the study of a text.
Introduction to Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Students will engage with and respond to a Shakespearean tragedy, further developing their analytical skills.
|1||Introduction to Non-Fiction Writing||
Students will engage with and respond to a range of non-fiction texts, including speeches, brochures, biographies and reviews.Students will apply their knowledge of non-fiction conventions in the creation of their own non-fiction texts.
|2||Poetry from Diverse Voices||
Students will engage with a wide range of different poems. Poets studied include John Agard, Grace Nichols and Claude McKay.
Students will develop analytical skills to effectively respond to challenging poems.
In addition to an initial writing exercise to establish realistic writing levels, boys will be assessed during every main unit. Within fortnightly Reading and Writing Workshops, boys will also undertake regular progress checks to monitor the development of their literacy skills. Progress in reading is also monitored through the Accelerated Reader Programme.
|Topic||Type of Assessment|
|End of Year Exam|
|Set texts||As above||All|
Recommended reading list provided on the school website, a hard copy of which was distributed at the year 6 parents’ evening.
We also recommend that you read a range of media in areas that interest you – but always be willing to try something out of your comfort zone.
|Activity or trip||Day and time or term|
|Monthly English Department Writing Competition – keep an eye out for the month’s topic and the three categories which you can enter.||Monthly|
|Accelerated Reader Programme – run collaboratively between the English Department and the LRC. Will you be one of our word millionaires?||As appropriate|
|Theatre visits, visiting authors, and attending poetry readings are dependent on what is available when.||Daily|
|Extra English Sessions are available. Please speak with your class teacher to find out details.||Weekly|
|There are opportunities to take part in public speaking and mock trials competitions||As appropriate|