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Park High School

Park High School

Year 7

Autumn 1


Narrative writing - ‘Twisted Fairy tales’

Students will explore fairy-tale genre conventions and write their own ‘twisted fairy tale’. Punctuation of direct speech is taught as part of this unit.

Autumn 2 & Spring 1


Modern Novel linked with Poetry on War/Childhood

Students will develop language analysis skills through the study of Michael Morpurgo’s novel. They will make links and connections with a selection of WWI poems.

Other text options:

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Spring 2


Transactional writing focused on Park High School.

This unit will develop students’ transactional reading and writing skills in connection with the BBC School News Report.

Summer 1 & Summer 2



Possible texts:

  • Othello
  • Much Ado about Nothing

Students will explore key characters and themes in one of Shakespeare’s plays, focusing on a selection of scenes. They will look at text in performance and engage in active approaches.

Year 7 Literacy

Weekly Literacy lessons for year 7 support and underpin the teaching of grammar that is embedded throughout the English curriculum.

Below is an outline of key skills and concepts covered by year 7:

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Strands Spellings
Strands  Handwriting
Strands Simple sentences
Compound and complex sentences
Use of the comma
Relative clauses
Extending vocabulary
Drafting and crafting
Strands Use of the apostrophe for possession and omission
Topic sentences
Ambitious sentence openers
Publisher’s Intern – project that promotes extending writing, proofreading and editing.

Let’s Think in English (With King’s College)

Let’s Think in English is a teaching programme created since 2009 to help students develop the reasoning skills needed for success in English. This is vitally important for the new GCSE English examinations The programme consists of 30+ high-interest lessons all using English texts – fiction, poetry, non-fiction and film – with others being designed specifically to support GCSE, especially with 19th century and non-fiction texts. The lessons are designed to be used fortnightly over two years and involve reading, open-ended questioning and structured group discussion. They systematically develop students’ skills of inference, deduction and analysis, increasing their confidence, resilience, understanding and ability to express their ideas. In particular, they provide oral experience in drafting which will be essential in challenging timed GCSE examinations where students will need to draft effective evaluation and comparison answers at sight.

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Address Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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