Years 7-9 – How to answer all of the Qs on your exam

Read the document thoroughly.  ensure that you pay close attention to what you do in each question and how long it should take you.

Paper 1 Overview

Some of you may find it useful to learn some of these sentence stems for each question.

Language Paper 1 Sentence stems

There are some additional practice papers attached below:

The Woman in Black INSERT Paper 1 RB

The Woman in Black Paper 1 RB

AQA Paper 1 Section A To Kill a Mockingbird extract MLy

 

Year 7 Grammar – Year 7, Week 7: Colons and Semi-Colons

Year 7, Week 7: Colons and Semi-Colons

Colons can be used to join two sentences together when the second sentence explains something about the first sentence.

e.g.

  • Several people have been sent to hospital: they have all received life-threatening injuries.
  • Jordan had to go home: he had been voted out.

You can think of the colon as replacing the connective because if that helps you.

Semi-colons can also join two sentences. They need to be two equally important sentences that you feel you can connect together in some way.

I play football; I also play rugby.                                                        (and)

I play football; my brother plays rugby.                                             (whereas)

The teacher was already talking; I ran into the classroom.               (so)

You can think of the semi-colon replacing the connectives and, whereas and so if that helps you. Although a connective can be used in these examples, a semi-colon can make your writing more sophisticated and effective.

Capital letters after colons and semi-colons

In some forms of English, people use a capital letter after a colon or semi-colon and you may have seen this. You should only use a capital letter after a colon or a semi-colon if you would normally use a capital letter for it, even in the middle of a sentence e.g. a proper noun like ‘I’ or ‘David’.

Look at the two examples below:

I play football; I also play rugby.                    A capital letter would be needed anyway.

I play football; my brother plays rugby.         A capital letter is not needed.

Year 7 Grammar – Paragraphs

Year 7, Week 6: Paragraphs

We need to divide our writing into paragraphs to make it easier for our reader to follow our ideas by showing where new points or ideas begin.

There is an easy way to remember when we should change paragraph:

TiPToP

Time Place Topic Person

TIME: We start a new paragraph when we are changing the time that we are writing about. This could be in a story or an essay.

……. He slumped on his desk and listened to the voice on the documentary until he might as well have been asleep.

            Later that day, in the comfort of his own home, he thought again about what had happened…

This writer has started a new paragraph in his/her story because they are writing about events that happened later.

 

PLACE: We start a new paragraph when we are changing the place we are writing about.

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 In Germany in 1933, Hitler came to power and all other political parties were banned. Communist and Socialist party members were arrested and the Nazis began to build concentration camps to deal with other political opponents.

In 1930s Russia, however,…….

 

TOPIC: We start a new paragraph when we are changing the topic we are writing about or make a new point.

PERSON: We start a new paragraph when we are changing the person we are writing about. OR when we change speaker.

 

Mr Birling is the character with whom we feel least sympathy. He represents industrial leaders and the older generation and demonstrates no empathy for others. His attitudes throughout the play embody everything that Priestly wishes to criticise.

Mrs Birling, like her husband, shows little sympathy in the play. She believes that reputation and social status are more important than helping people in need….

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Ian walked round to his local shop to get some fresh air. “Hello,” he greeted the shopkeeper.

“Alright,” was the reply.

“Just this, thanks,” Ian said as he placed the milk in the counter.

“£1.10.”

“Just a minute,…” Ian fumbled for change, a little put off by the woman’s abrupt manner.

Mrs Cullis’ classes week starting 6th March

Spellings Yr 7

  1. Memories
  2. Especially
  3. Efficient
  4. Conscious
  5. Excusable
  6. Creative
  7. Incredible
  8. Separate
  9. Hyperbole
  10. Financial

Spellings Yr 8

  1. Illiterate
  2. Irreversible
  3. Smallest
  4. Cruelty
  5. Poverty
  6. Extremely
  7. Paupers
  8. Irresistible
  9. Humiliate
  10. Genre

Spellings Yr 9

  1. Utilitarian
  2. Futuristic
  3. Inequality
  4. Society
  5. Dictatorship
  6. Tolerance
  7. Intolerance
  8. Bigotry
  9. Dystopia
  10. Utopia

Year 7, Grammar HW – Week 5: Commas

Year 7, Week 5: Commas

  • You should put commas between items in a list:

 

I hate marmite, honey, celery and blue cheese.

  • You should use them to separate two adjectives when they are describing different aspects of something:

 

She is a kind, caring mother.

  • If you open a word with However or Nevertheless, you should use a comma after them.

 

However, the boys chose to sell to the public anyway.

Nevertheless, she kept going.

  1. d) You should also use commas to separate extra information – subordinate clauses.

e.g.

When I get to school, I put on my shoes.

‘When I get to school’ depends on the rest of the sentence to make sense. It is a subordinate clause so it needs a comma.

John, who was tired, pulled into the service station.

‘Who was tired’ is a subordinate clause. It doesn’t make sense on its own but the rest of the sentence would make sense without it: John pulled into the service station. It is a subordinate clause so we use commas to separate it from the rest of the sentence.

  • We would not advise you to use a comma with connectives like and, but or so that join two sentences together. Although some grammatical systems suggest using them, in the case of connectives, they are redundant.

 

  1. e.g I am good at tennis but my brother isn’t.   There is no need to use a comma as the sentence makes clear sense without one.