KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 English
Term 1Once    
Students will explore ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman through a series of reading, writing and speaking and listening activities and exploring characters and themes through the whole novel. Students will also explore focused extracts.
Assessment: Students will complete three activities that will both consolidate their learning and prepare them for their future GCSE English Language examination. These activities involve reading and analysis of unseen fiction and non-fiction extracts, focusing on the writer's use of language and structure. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2The Craft of the Writer  
Students will explore the writer's craft through reading and discussing a range of extracts, including extracts from texts exploring ideas around Christmas.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their own imaginative writing.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Fantasy Fiction   
Students will explore a range of extracts from fantasy fiction, looking at writers’ techniques and how they craft fantasy worlds and characters. They will then go on to produce their own pieces of fantasy writing.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their ability to evaluate fiction and non-fiction texts and make inferences.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Shakespeare Heroes and Villains   
In this unit students will be introduced to some of Shakespeare's most famous (and infamous!) characters. They will be looking at some of Shakespeare's most well loved soliloquies and developing an understanding of the Elizabethan/Jacobean context.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their ability to write a piece of transactional writing.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Autobiography & Change   
In this unit students will learn how to engage with writers from varied backgrounds giving accounts of their lives and experiences. They will undertake a comparison of the way different writers present their ideas.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their ability to compare and contrast the ideas of different writers.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Poetry   
Following this, students will study a range of poems that explore ideas about animals, mythical creatures and mythical places. They will familiarise themselves with structure, language techniques and other methods before composing their own poetry.
Assessment: Students will complete an end of Year assessment, covering responding to fiction and non-fiction texts and writing fiction and non-fictions texts. These tasks will be based on the style of GCSE question papers.Key Words and Terms
 

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