English in year 7

Key Stage 3 material for Year 7 could include one or more of the following:

  • Shakespeare
  • English classic novels
  • Contemporary novels
  • Authors from different cultures
  • Drama
  • Poetry and ballads
  • Journalism
  • Travel writing
  • Essays
  • Literature on film


The emphasis now is on interpretation and comprehension of both written and electronic material. In KS3 there are two areas of focus for reading:

Reading for meaning

  • Finding information in a text
  • Using techniques such as scanning and skimming
  • Looking for subtle, implied meaning
  • Understanding the main point of view
  • Examining the impact of multimodal text (material which uses two or more media together, such as words and pictures)

Understanding the author’s craft

  • Looking at a piece and thinking about its cultural, social and historical context
  • Thinking about how a writer uses imagery, simile and metaphor
  • Examining how the author uses structure, layout and presentation, in print and electronically


  • Stories
  • Poems
  • Scripts and screenplays
  • Autobiographies
  • Advertisements and persuasive writing
  • Articles
  • Essays
  • Reviews

In this written work, the focus is on:

  • Planning and drafting
  • Presenting ideas logically and clearly
  • Precise and imaginative vocabulary
  • Spelling common words correctly
  • Using correct punctuation in sentences and speech
  • Structure and presentation
  • Use of paragraphs
  • Editing, proofreading and revising their work on screen and paper


  • How spoken English varies according to region or setting
  • How English has developed over time
  • How English is used in different contexts

Speaking & Listening

As well as speaking and listening in discussions, there is now also an emphasis on drama and role-play.

  • Listen to a talk or discussion and pick out the main ideas
  • Develop their own speaking skills, according to the listener
  • Think about ways of making their speech more interesting
  • Work on their group discussion skills: contributing, disagreeing and asking questions
  • Put on performances, either independently or in groups, of improvised or scripted plays