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 a range of activities that will consolidate their learning. They will end the unit by writing an essay about a character or theme in the novel, demonstrating their understanding of the whole text.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Introduction to Science Fiction   
Students will explore a range of Science Fiction extracts and craft their own pieces of science fiction writing.
Assessment: Students will complete a comprehension activity developing PEE skills and demonstrating an ability to evaluate a whole text. They will also complete a piece of creative writing.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Shakespeare 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. Across term 3 and term 4 students will also be exploring elements of promotional material and advertising through a unit of work on 'Selling the Experience'.
Assessment: Students will complete a range of activities based on extracts from Shakespeare's plays. One of these will be focused on exploring how Shakespeare uses language and structure to engage his audience. Students will complete an analysis of a piece of promotional material and then write their own piece of promotional content.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Fantasy 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. Across term 3 and term 4 students will also be exploring elements of promotional material and advertising through a unit of work on 'Selling the Experience'.
Assessment: Students will complete a range of tasks developing their ability to evaluate fiction and non-fiction texts and make inferences. Students will complete an analysis of a piece of promotional material and then write their own piece of promotional content across term 3 and term 4.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Ballads and Biographies   
Students will look at a range of ballads and other poetry which explore personal experiences. They will also read and discuss extracts from biographical and autobiographical writing.
Assessment: Students will complete an exploration of a ballad, considering how the poet has portrayed the experience of the character and the impact of the ballad form and the language used.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Diverse Lives    
In this unit students will learn how to engage with writers from varied backgrounds through accounts of their lives and experiences. They will undertake a comparison of the way different writers present their ideas. They will explore a range of different text types.
Assessment: Students will complete their end of year exam during this term, bringing together the analysis, evaluation and comparison skills developed throughout the year.Key Words and Terms
 

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