Dear Year 6, welcome to English at St Augustine’s. I am Ms Holdrick, Assistant Subject Leader for English and I am in charge of the year 7 English curriculum. Every year we study a wide variety of books, poems, short stories, newspaper articles and speeches. You will begin the year reading a fantastic novel that deals with important issues like family, fitting in and mental health. You will have the chance to read some great 21st Century poems and read some brilliant newspaper articles about animals and their exploits. In English we consider many issues that relate to the wider world. You will be the first year ever to study a new unit we are writing in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
English at St Augustine’s helps you build on your skills from Year 6, including analysing and evaluating texts from novels to speeches, and developing your creative writing skills both fiction and non-fiction. You will have four English lessons a week and will be set two pieces of homework. Each of your English lessons will start with 10mins of silent reading. Reading is incredibly important to us and each Year the whole of year 7 goes on a trip to Foyles bookshop. We also run creative writing competitions and book clubs. We encourage you to read as much as you can. We do not ask you to pre-read books for year 7 as we will be reading them as a class, however, here are some recommendations from our current Year 7s; Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell; What not to do if You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford; The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams; A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill; We are the Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson; Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens.
We look forward to seeing you in September.