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At Harris Academy Sutton we endeavour to inspire a love of English Language and Literature as soon as our students join us in Year 7. Incorporating a wide variety of opportunities for reading, writing and speaking and listening, we are preparing our students for academic success as well as life outside of the Academy and making clear links with other subjects. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are embedded into lessons and students are taught to proof read their writing carefully. Homework is set on an online platform called Bedrock that focuses on vocabulary building which is the foundation of a successful English student.
Our students study a variety of texts from a range of time periods and enjoy cross curricular days on Poetry, Dickens and Shakespeare.
By inspiring a passion for the written and spoken word through role-play and creative presentation opportunities, we feel that students will grow up fully able to handle the demands of GCSE as we incorporate these skills early.
In Year 7 students study time periods that are interwoven with their analysis skills, through the topics as below:
- Discovering English (a transition unit introducing students to analytical language skills and building upon prior knowledge)
- Dickens Project
- The Breadwinner
- Shakespeare project
- Learning to Love Poetry
- The Apprentice (transactional writing unit)
Voices from the Past (studying a range of Victorian fictional extracts, each week focusing on a different theme)
A Monster Calls (novel)
Diverse Shorts (studying extracts from a range of cultures)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespearian Drama)
Historical Voices (Studying famous speeches and speechwriting)
Learning to Love Poetry