Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

01768 371693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 7 English

In English, we aim to engage, excite and extend students’ literary perspectives through a varied curriculum, rich in contemporary and classic fiction, media and non-fiction texts. Students are encouraged to write for “real” audiences and purposes, and to master essential communication skillsand grammatical accuracy, whilst developing a passion for creative and imaginative writing. Depending upon the size of the Year 7 intake, English classes will be set using KS2 data as a guideline; or in smaller year groups mixed ability classes. Where classes are set is scope for movement up or down throughout the year.  

The KS3 programme is designed to help develop the essential skills that students need to do well at GCSE; including Reading, Writing and Oral Communication. Students are encouraged to think about, and explore the historical as well as cultural context of the texts that they study whilst devloping their written and oral communication skills. this is done through a varied range of challenging and engaging classroom activities, as well as end of module assessments and an end of year english exam.

We encourage participation in national writing competitions, visits to Dove Cottage and other places of interest, the theatre and cinema in order to support and develop classroom learning.

Areas Covered

  • Language skills - Punctuation, paragraphing and sentence structure.
  • Warhorse - Reading, creative writing and exploring setting and character in a novel.
  • Poetry - Exploring how poets user language and structure as well as creative writing.
  • Prose - Descriptive writing and discussion skills using extracts from a fiction and non-fiction texts such as 'Of Mice and Men', 'Boy' and 'A Christmas Carol'.
  • Shakespeare's 'The Tempest - Introduction to Shakespeare's language, The Globe Theatre, life in Elizabethan England and attitudes to magic in c16th Britain.  

For more information, please contact Peter Cottrell.