Woodmanstern Primary

Secondary curriculum - English

Team Leader: Sarah Thomas

Contact information:   sathomas@woodmansterne.london

 Our Aims: In Key Stage 3, we aim to familiarise pupils with the types of texts they will eventually encounter at GCSE and develop pupils’ knowledge of technical terminology. Furthermore, we aim to build pupils’ confidence when reading challenging texts and constructing longer pieces of writing (both critical analyses and creative tasks). We also hope to address common challenges Year 7 pupils may face during the transition into secondary school by discussing texts which reflect their own – and others’ – experiences.



Key Learning

Autumn 1

‘Wonder’ – 2 week transition unit based on summer reading


‘May B’ (class text) and other novels in verse as literature circles

·         Pupils will analyse the way fictional characters deal with the transition to a new school and learning challenges.

·         Pupils will review and learn new poetic terminology while constructing their own creative responses to novels in verse.

Autumn 2

What is poetry?


'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'

·         Pupils will apply their knowledge of poetic terminology to a classic text.

·         Pupils will discuss themes and features of this medieval poem.

Spring 1

Arthurian Legends




·         Pupils will learn about genre and cultural conventions.

·         Pupils will analyse and construct their own subversions of classic (al) tales.

Spring 2

Drama - ‘Black Harvest’





·         Pupils will learn about the features of dramatic texts.

·         Pupils will learn about genre features (ghost stories).

·         Pupils will apply historical context when analysing a text.

Summer 1

Animals in fiction – ‘Pax’





·         Pupils will analyse authorial craft in depth.

·         Pupils will consider the role of animals in fiction.

·         Pupils will apply historical and contemporary political context to fiction analysis.

Summer 2

Animals in nonfiction – De/constructing informative, explanatory, persuasive and argumentative writing


Topics: Animal Rights, Animals and the Environment

·         Pupils will analyse and construct a variety of writing types focused on the role of animals in society.

Home Learning:

Pupils in Year 7 can expect two home learning assignments per week in English lessons. These may be a mix of learning spellings and vocabulary, completing short pieces of reading or writing, grammar exercises or creative responses to texts. In general, these assignments should take no more than 30 minutes each.

Parents can support their child’s learning in a variety of ways;

Encourage your child to read independently. It does not matter what type of text they read; rather, the aim is for pupils to develop and sustain their confidence and enjoyment of reading. We will provide a list of suggested titles for pupils, but these options are by no means required or exclusive. They are only meant to serve as a guide.

If your family speaks a language other than English at home, encourage your child to read, write and speak this language as well. Fluency in one language can often help children become more literate in another.

When appropriate, help your child revise spellings and vocabulary words. You may also want to encourage your child to check over written assignments before submitting them.

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Planned GCSE examination board: OCR