English Year 7
Catch up for Term II Student Support Program.
A warm welcome to all students and their parents! We are looking forward to the 2017-2018 academic year where we would like to build a strong and trusting learning community. Please check this site regularly as it will be updated weekly with content to be covered as well as all important dates and events.
We believe in open communication with students and parents, so please feel free to email us or set up an appointment should you wish to discuss anything. We are excited for the year ahead and we look forward to working with our lovely students!
Ms Nelda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Cambridge Checkpoint 1
- Be on time and prepared with everything you need (books, stationery, etc.).
- Have respect for yourself, others around you and the environment.
- Be responsible and accountable for any work due such as homework, projects and assignments (if there is a problem, inform us in advance).
- Read and practise your English skills on a daily basis.
- Ask for help and support when needed.
- Pay attention, participate and give your best.
Week 1: 10 - 14 September 2017
Welcome, introductions, scheme of work, classroom rules and expectations, expressing self through biography.
Week 2: 17 - 21 September 2017
Content and format of diary entry; understand and use of emotive language.
Week 3: 24 - 28 September 2017
Content and format of formal and informal letter; understand and use of correct language, punctuation and grammar in letters.
Important event: Parent evening, Wednesday 27 September
Important date: Thursday 28 September, Short Assessment: Diary entry
Week 4: 1 - 5 October 2017
Format and content of biography and autobiography; understand and use of correct language and grammar in biography and autobiography.
Important announcement: Test on Tuesday 10 October. Study the informal letter.
Week 5: 8 - 12 October 2017
Autobiography: reading comprehension, identify nouns in context; informal letter revision in preparation for test.
Important date: Informal letter test on Tuesday 10 October.
Important announcement: Monday 16 October is Dictionary Day. All details and activities for this day will be discussed in class.
Week 6: 15 - 19 October 2017
Dictionary Day: Preparations and celebration; revision of unit (diary entries, letters, autobiography).
Important date: Tuesday 17 October, complete assignment in class (Part 1 handed out last week, to have been completed over the weekend).
Important event: Dictionary Day, Monday 16 October 2017.
Important announcement: Progression tests - Sunday 22 October (Reading) and Wednesday 25 October (Writing).
Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests provide a valuable and valid internal assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding. They enable learning to be assessed each year and provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for stages 7, 8 and 9.
The results enable teachers to give structured feedback to learners and compare the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups, which then allows more prescribed planning for each teaching group to ensure knowledge gaps are filled.
The tests are marked internally, but the markscheme is directly from Cambridge, and allowed standardisation with cohorts from all Cambridge schools.
Week 7: 22 - 26 October 2017
Understand and identify verbs in context: meaning, subject and object, finite, active and passive.
Important date: Progression tests - Sunday 22 October (Reading) and Wednesday 25 October (Writing).
Week 8: 29 - 31 October 2017
Reading comprehension: identify difficult words and phrases and discuss meaning within context, find main ideas and deeper meaning of text. Recap nouns and verbs: identify from sentence/text, use in sentence.
Week 9: 5 - 9 November 2017
Folk tales: genre features, narrative features, reading comprehension. Grammar: pronouns in context.
Week 10: 12 - 16 November 2017
Folk tales: narrative features, reading comprehension, pronouns in context. Literature study: Chapter 1 & 2 of Buddy by Nigel Hinton. Revision for short assessment and test.
Important date: Listening comprehension short assessment Wednesday 15 November.
Important announcement: Test Sunday 19 November - Reading comprehension and grammar. Study nouns, verbs, pronouns and punctuation. Make sure you know the meaning of setting, character and plot.
Week 11: 19 - 23 November 2017
Science fiction short stories: genre and narrative features, reading comprehension. Literature study: Chapter 2 and 3 of Buddy by Nigel Hinton. Homework: Work on project.
Important date: Test on Sunday 19 November ; Graded classwork (reading comprehension) Tuesday 20 November.
Important announcement: Project information handed out. Due date: 3 December.
Week 12: 26 - 30 November 2017
Science fiction short story: reading comprehension, grammar in context. Literature study: Chapter 3 and 4 of Buddy (Nigel Hinton). Homework: Complete project - time to work in class Sunday 26 November.
Important date: Short assessment (listening comprehension) Monday 27 November; graded classwork (Buddy by Nigel Hinton) Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 November.
Important announcement: Remember due date for project - Sunday 3 December.
Week 13: 3 - 7 December 2017
Non-fiction: fact and opinion, emotive language, punctuation (comma) in context, reading comprehension. Literature study: Chapter 3 and 4 of Buddy (Nigel Hinton).
Important date: Project due date Sunday 3 December.
Week 14: 10 - 14 December 2017
Non-fiction: different types of text to convey factual information, reading comprehension. Literature study: Chapter 5 and 6 of Buddy (Nigel Hinton).
Week 2: 7 - 11 January 2018
Poetry: characteristics, types, reading comprehension. Literature study: Chapter 7 and 8 of Buddy (Nigel Hinton).
Homework: Vocabulary worksheet for chapter 1 - 5 of Buddy. Due Thursday 11/01.
Important reminder: All necessary books and stationery must be in class every day.
Week 3: 14 - 18 January 2018
Poetic devices: Alliteration, onomatopoeia, figures of speech (similes and metaphors). Literature study: Chapter 7 and 8 of Buddy (Nigel Hinton).
Important date: Graded classwork Wednesday 17/01. Students are reminded to come to class on time.
Week 4: 21 - 25 January 2018
Poetic devices: Figures of speech - simile and metaphor: understand, identify, create. Literature study: Chapter 9 and 10 of Buddy (Nigel Hinton)/
Important reminder: Students need to bring all necessary books, worksheets and stationery to class every day.