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Year 7

The Bridging Unit - Bridging the gap…

We want pupils to make the best possible start to their work at secondary school by building on the excellent standards they've achieved already at primary school. The first two units of work pupils take do exactly that.

Pupils work on developing reading and writing skills in this first term focusing on complementing and extending achievements made at the primary school. Reading and writing are formally assessed to enable pupils to see exactly what their targets at Key Stage Three are.

For pupils entering Toot Hill from September 2007 this has involved reading and studying a range of challenging autobiographical texts to demonstrate their understanding and interpretation of language. They then craft a collection of their own autobiographical pieces based on the close reading and studying of a range of texts and extracts.

How to do well in Year 7

  • Read as widely as you can at school and home; magazines, newspapers, novels—anything you can get your hands on.
  • Try to put your hand up and contribute in class to discussions, debates and brainstorms. You will certainly enjoy those lessons more!
  • Keep your work neatly organized and carefully stored in folders and wallets so it doesn’t crumple. You’ll feel so proud of your achievements!
  • Make sure you have spare pens the same colour and a ruler so that titles and dates are neatly underlined and writing is the same colour.
  • As with all subjects, always do your best. You’ll enjoy your lessons so much more if you feel keen and positive!
  • If you don’t understand the lesson in any way, let your teacher know at the end of the lesson. They don’t bite!

Year 7 and 8

Course outline

The curriculum in year 8 and 9 follows the National Literacy Framework and a programme of study designed to bridge the curriculum between Key Stage Three and GCSE, and prepare students for their Key Stage Three SATs examinations.

An overview of our units in years 7 to 9 can be found using the following links:

GCSE (Year 9-11)

All students study two courses, English and English Literature. This will result in two separate GCSEs. In Year 10, the course is made up of the following sections:

Written Coursework – in Year 10, you will produce four out of the five required pieces of coursework (see course outline).

Speaking and Listening Coursework – you will engage in a number of speaking and listening activities throughout the course. Your three best pieces will count for 20% of your English marks. Each assessment will focus on one of the following areas:

  • Explain, describe, narrate
  • Explore, analyse, imagine
  • Discuss, argue, persuade

The form of assessment will also vary. You may be assessed individually or as part of a group. Some assessments will have a drama focus. (see timetable)

Year 10 Examination– You will sit one English paper:

Paper 1 – length 1¾ hours

Section A – Reading and response to a number of media and non-fiction texts
Section B – Writing to argue, persuade or advise

Year 11

As you are aware, all students study two courses, English and English Literature. This will result in two separate GCSEs. In Year 11, the course is made up of the following sections:

Written Coursework – The fifth and final piece of written coursework will be completed (see timetable)

English Mock Examination – You will sit one English paper:

Paper 1 – length 1¾ hours

Section A – Reading and response to a number of media and non-fiction texts
Section B – Writing to argue, persuade or advise

Further mock examination tasks will be conducted in class under timed conditions.

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