Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

Year 7 English


  Topic(s) Key content to be learned Assessment

Autumn Term

An Introduction to English

  • A brief history of the English Language
  • Symbolism

GL Assessment

STAR Reading


Core writing skills

The Canon and its Convention

  • Narrative conventions
  • Evidence and Inference

Knowledge test: conventional narrative features and related subject terminology criteria

Spring Term


Extended creative writing

  • The drafting process

Technical term test

A complete “mini-novel”: Core writing skills and narrative conventions

STAR Reading Assessment

An introduction to Poetry

  • Poetic language, form and structure

Summer Term


How to Study a Novel – Ruby in the Smoke

  • How to track character  / plot development
  • Writing P/E/A paragraphs


STAR Reading assessment

GL Assessment

A written analysis of Ruby in the Smoke