In English, students are assessed using ‘Assessing Pupils’ Progress’ grids on speaking and listening, reading and writing, which provides us with a sound baseline assessment in all attainment targets. In year 7, we read and study the Twits, by Roald Dahl, as well as The Ice Palace, by Robert Swindells in order to develop fluency, expression and understanding of story writing techniques. This year we will work on extending students' imaginative writing by writing a story based on a topic of each student's choice. We will learn to use adjectives and adverbs to make our descriptions more interesting. In the Summer term, we study poetry where students get a chance to demonstrate their understanding of the poet’s ideas and viewpoints, and create their own poem using similes, rhyming and made-up words. The poems we look at in details are the Jabberwocky, Macavity and more modern poetry. In English lessons, students are offered opportunities to participate in role-play and formal discussions and to make individual presentations to the class. Within the KS3 curriculum, three lessons are devoted to literacy skills practised in small groups and involving guided reading, spelling, sentence and text work.
In English, students are assessed according to APPs on speaking and listening, reading and writing. 7M begin by reading instructions; they will learn about the verbs and then used them in their own writing. They read the story Around the World in Eighty Days and answer questions, role play and will re-tell parts of the story. In the spring term the students use photos of themselves on trips, ways of looking after pets and the story of the 3 Little Pigs to learn about and practise writing nouns, connectives and adjectives through story writing, letter writing and information writing. This work will feed into grammar and sentence construction. During the summer term the students read the story of ‘Kidnapped!’ see it performed as a play and explore the actions of the characters. They will write about it and write letters as some of the characters. In the second half of term they write various articles to collate as class magazine. In English lessons, students are offered opportunities to participate in role-play and formal discussions and to make individual presentations to the class. Time is also devoted to literacy skills practised in small groups and on an individual basis during literacy lessons.