In Year 7 we initially focus on developing key transferable literacy skills that students need to have in order to fully engage with the demands of the other subjects they are taught. There is a strong focus on literacy and core skills needed to support students in the GCSE exams they will sit in Year 11. Year 7 are encouraged to read a wide range of texts, ranging from Shakespeare, Victorian to more modern fiction and non-fiction, with a focus on developing an understanding of writer’s craft and analytical skill.
At CTS, we encourage students to read in English lessons (with ten minutes private reading at the start), outside of English lessons and at home. We aim to promote a positive reading culture where students can apply their reading skills to their studies. Below is a list of recommended reads for Year 7:
1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
2. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
3. Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl
4. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
5. Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
6. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend
7. Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
8. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
9. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
10. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
11. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
12. Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford.
13. Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
14. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
15. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
16. Lord Loss by Darren Shan
17. Girls Can’t Hit by T.S. Easton.
18. Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
19. Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard.
20. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.