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 8 Grammar – Sentence Variety 2

Year 8, Week 7: Sentence Variety 2

In your writing, you need to be using a variety of complex sentences, in addition to simple and compound sentences.

Forming complex sentences

A complex sentence consists of a main clause (or simple sentence), which makes sense on its own and a subordinate clause (or dependent clause), which relies on the rest of the sentence to make sense.

e.g. When I go home, I eat toast.

‘I eat toast’ is a main clause and makes sense on its own.

‘When I go home,’ relies on the other half of the sentence to make sense.


You can form complex sentences by opening your sentence with a number of words that create subordinate clauses. These are called subordinators.

Common subordinators are:

Punctuation and subordinators
Because opening a sentence with these words creates a subordinate clause, you MUST have a comma later in the sentence to separate it from the main clause. (look again at this sentence)

or      When I go into town, my friend comes with me.

Year 8 Grammar – Verb Agreement

Year 8, Week 6: Verb agreement

It is important when you are writing to remain in the tense that you started writing in, unless you are making a deliberate change. This means that all of the verbs you use need to agree with the tense that you want to write.

Verb agreement in the past tense

It is usually easiest to stay in the correct tense when you are writing in the past tense as most stories are written in the past tense and we usually tell stories in the past tense.

However, it is possible to get confused:

I lived in a town where there are lots of other teenagers.

Even though you might think that the town still has lots of teenagers, you need to keep the sentence in the past tense. The correct way to write this would be:

I lived in a town where there were lots of other teenagers.


Verb agreement in the present tense

The present tense can be more difficult to control as we are more used to using past tense forms and these can often creep in:

There is a girl on the bus in front of me. She picked up her bag and moved forward. I stare out of the window.

This example has a mixture of present and past tense verbs. The paragraph began in the present tense, however, with is so should continue in this way. Picked and moved are past tense verbs and so have been misused.

The paragraph should read:

There is a girl on the bus in front of me. She picks up her bag and moves forward. I stare out of the window.