In Year 7, students study units of work on the novel 'Holes', heritage and contemporary poetry, 'The Wonderful World of Writing’, 'Creating and Analysing Non Fiction’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. All these units are designed to develop students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. students also have weekly independent reading sessions with self-directed activities alongside guided literacy activities within lessons.
In Year 8, students develop their understanding and appreciation of literary texts through the study of the plays ‘Stone Cold’ and ‘The Three Musketeers’; a novel, ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo and a selection of poetry from other cultures. Students also further develop their skills in reading and writing through the study of advertising and the Media and ghost stories. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening skills are developed through these units of work and assessed on a regular basis. Students also benefit from time in class dedicated to spelling, punctuation and grammar activities.
Students work will be assessed twice every half term for either reading, writing or speaking and listening. These results are recorded and reflected on by students as a way of illustrating the progress that is being made. In order to understand the assessment process better, students will undertake regular self and peer-assessment activities within lessons.