English Year 7

Ms Safae, Ms Zoobia, Mr Jabari and Mr Simon

Dear Parents and Students,

Ms Safae, Ms. Zoobia, Mr. Jabari and Mr. Simon welcome you to the 2018-2019 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 Safae, Ms Zoobia, Mr Jabari, Mr Simon and Ms Daniela (Head of English).

These are the Year 8 English teachers:


Curriculum overview



Copy of Curriculum Subject Guide 2018-19 Year 7.docx

Assessment weightings



Secondary School Assessment Weightings 2018-19.pdf

Resources

Collins Cambridge Checkpoint Stage 7 (coursebook and workbook)

Holes (Louis Sachar)

Class readers

https://www.sparknotes.com/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv

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.

Term 1

Week 1: 26-30 September 2018

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

Week 2: 2-6 September 2018

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 3: 9-13 September 2018

Introduction to Diary Writing: focussing 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 4 : 16-20 September 2018

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 5 : 23-26 September 2018

Short assessment - Diary writing

Language - introduction to autobiography

Literature - continue with Holes - focus on vocabulary

Week 6 : 30 September - 4 October 2018

Language - 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 7 : 7 - 11 October 2018

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

Week 8 : 14 - 18 October 2018

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 9 : 28 October - 3 November

Language - Introduction to genre

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

Week 10 : 4 - 8 November

Language - Continuing investigation of different genre types

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

Classroom assessment this week looking at genre - Wednesday or Thursday TBC

Week 11 : 11 - 15 November

Language - Continuing investigation of different genre types - fairy tales and horror

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

Classroom assessment - Holes Vocabulary - Wednesday

Week 12 : 18 - 22 November

Language - Assessment week - opportunity to revise

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

Classroom assessment - Monday 19th November - An assessment based on key plot points in Holes chapters 1-6