Year 7 Spring Term: The World We Live In

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." 
Nelson Mandela

In this unit, you will read a short story from another culture and explore how family relationships are presented.  You will think about what impressions of childhood and growing up the writer has created.  You will then write your own short story inspired by some of the themes you have read about.

You will also read and explore a selection of poems from different cultures.  You will consider how writers have presented sensitive issues in their writing and how we, as readers, respond. You will learn about colonisation and slavery How does this make you feel?

Finally, you will discuss and debate issues in contemporary British society. What do you think these issues will be?

End of unit self-assessment:


I can do this

Where have I shown this?

I can synthesise information from two texts.



I can recognise and understand some narrative devices and explain their effect.

I can confidently peer the work of others and self-asses my own work.

I can develop a point of view, using reasons, facts and evidence.


I can structure my own writing and use language to impact on the reader.

I can write accurately, using punctuation to enhance my writing.



I can proof-read and edit my writing effectively.


I can compare ideas and techniques  in two poems.