English Year 7

Dear Parents and Students,

Ms. Mercia, Mr. Brad and Ms. Sophie welcome you to the 2019-2020 academic year. We understand that the students’ transition from primary to secondary can be both a scary and exciting time but we truly believe with your dedication, commitment and hard work we will undoubtedly provide a high quality-learning environment and look forward to a wonderful and successful year.

The Year 7 students are following the Year 7 Cambridge Curriculum English focusing on a number of skills that are distributed through Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3. Throughout Term 1, students will be given many opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of the skills delivered. For more details about the grading structure of Term 1, please open and download the assessment schedule below.

Success in this class is based on many aspects; the most important are a student's attendance, participation in class and following up at home. When the student is confused, please make sure you ask questions during or after class as we all apply an open door policy at all times.

Finally, kindly note that the best way to know what is happening in our English classes is to check our Year 7 English Google site or the Google classroom. For further questions or if you would like to make an appointment with your son's/daughter's teacher, please contact the secondary school secretary to set a date.

Thank you, and we wish you the best of luck for the academic year ahead.

From all of us at Year 7 Team English.

Ms Sophie, Mr Brad, Ms Mercia and Ms Daniela (Head of English).

Assessment week:(3 - 7 Nov 2019)

Please see Google Classrooms for more details about the Assessment week revision.


Collins Cambridge Checkpoint Stage 7 (coursebook and workbook)

Holes (Louis Sachar)

Class readers



Cambridge Secondary 1 English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 English Curriculum Framework is presented in four main content areas.

1) Reading

2) Writing

3) Speaking

4) Listening

*Curriculum Subject Guide

Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests

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.

Classroom Expectations

  • 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.

Focus for the week

Term 1

Week | 24 - 29 August

Welcome, introductions, scheme of work, classroom rules and expectations, expressing self through biography.

Week | 31 August - 5 September

introduction to expressing oneself through creative writing, exploring features to include in this type of writing. Introduction to novel: revisit plot, characters and setting, read chapter 1 of Holes. Joy Revolution: introduction, project for the month.

Week | 7 - 12 September

Introduction to Diary Writing: focusing on language and structural features and steps to writing a personal diary. Continuation from chapter 1 Holes, looking further into students' predictions as we read along.

Week | 14 - 9 September

Exploring letter writing, similar to diary entries, looking at a focus on both language and structural techniques. Developing deeper into our class reader, Holes - with a focus on characters and event.

Week | 21 - 26 September

Short assessment - Diary writing

Language - introduction to autobiography

Literature - continue with Holes - focus on vocabulary

Week | continue with work on autobiography

Language - Box of Joy descriptive writing assessment

Language - Teacher Appreciation Day - letter writing exercise

Literature - Holes: continue classwork on novel

Week | 5 - 10 October

Assessment Week -No new topics to commence. English lessons given to catch up and revision.

Week | 12 - 17 October

Language - Focus during language lessons this week will be on dictionaries ahead of World dictionary day on 16th (Tuesday)

Literature - completion of summary work using storyboards

Week |19 - 24 October

Mid-term break

Week | 27 - 31 October

Language - Review of the

Literature - Continue reading Holes- vocabulary, character, setting, plot.

Review for the mid-term test

Week | 3 -7 November

Mid-term assessment - Monday 4 October

  • Reading comprehension
  • Features or characteristics of text types (autobiography, biography, journal/diary)
  • Purposes of writing (inform, persuade, entertain, express feelings)

Week | 10 -14 November

  • Language focus: how to decode metaphors in a comprehensive way, understanding emotive language in texts
  • Literature focus: Holes ch.37/38

Week | 17 -21 November

Language focus:

  • The difference between argumentative writing and persuasive writing
  • Introduce 3 new persuasive strategies: the rule of three, repetition, statistics
  • Read and discuss source material, identifying:

- the audience / the purpose of the text / language features / implicit and explicit points within the text

Literature focus:

  • Holes ch.39-41

Term 2

Week | 24 - 28 November

Language focus:

  • Argumentative essay writing
  • Exploring the genre of Sci-fi (Goodbye to the Moon)

Literature focus:

  • Holes ch.42-43

Week | 1 - 5 December

Language focus:

  • Themes and tropes in genre
  • Using short sentences to create effect

Literature focus:

  • Holes ch.44-46
  • Denotation and connotation

Week | 8 - 12 December

Literature focus:

  • Holes ch.47-50
  • Parts of speech

Week | 15 - 17 December

Literature focus:

  • Holes timeline analysis
  • Parts of speech

Week | 5 - 9 January

Literature and focus:

  • Fantasy - Standing on the Shoulders of Dragons

Language focus:

  • Complex sentences, prediction, idiom

Week | 12 - 16 January

Literature and Language focus:

  • Fantasy book proposal project

Term 3 TBC