We aim to develop our students’ literacy and comprehension skills through a wide variety of activities and we track individual progress through termly assessments of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We focus on a range of text types: non-fiction and media, prose, poetry and drama and encourage both fiction and non-fiction writing skills across our Schemes. Competency and creativity are at the heart of our Year 7 English lessons and we strive to provide real audiences for assessed and project work. We make use of ICT resources to teach close reading, drafting and re-drafting skills. Students should be encouraged to read work back at the end of every piece to develop self-editing skills.
Reading for pleasure is a focus we wish to establish quickly in Year 7; students who read for pleasure improve all aspects of communication and are more likely to lead a happy and successful life. Students should aim to spend at least thirty minutes a week reading for pleasure which can be recorded in their planner. Students have access to a well-stocked library with dedicated librarian, where they are encouraged to read for pleasure. Parents can support this by reading together and interacting with students and their reading.
Schemes of work include:
Poetry (including a ‘Slam Jam’ performance)
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