Year 7 English


Pupils will read the following texts:

  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
  • Extracts from Charles Dickens’ novels including Great Expectations and David Copperfield
  • A selection of traditional ballads and stories from the Australian Dreamtime

Pupils who meet age related expectations will be able to:


  • Structure and paragraph written work
  • Sentences are sometimes varied for effect
  • Use tenses appropriately
  • Use a variety of conjunctions correctly
  • Use punctuation marks with accuracy including apostrophes for possession and omission
  • Punctuate dialogue correctly
  • Spelling is mostly accurate except for some words with complex spelling patterns
  • Writing matches the purpose of the task and vocabulary is chosen for effect
  • Structure sentences to add to the effect of the writing on the reader

Reading comprehension

  • Select quotations and embed them in sentences when answering a question about a text
  • Responses often demonstrate inference has been used to show a greater understanding of a text
  • Explain some reasons for the structure of a text and how it impacts on the reader
  • Comment on some structural features of a text
  • Identify the effect of words, sentences and some stylistic features used in a text
  • Show an understanding of a writer’s main purpose in a text by making reflective comments
  • Show an awareness of the effect a writer is trying to create and explain this in their response
  • Compare texts from different eras and demonstrate an awareness of contextual features that may have influenced the writing of a text


There is a weekly classical literature club to extend and enhance the reading of those ready for a literary challenge.