Starters and Plenaries for KS3 English (Year 7)

31 great ways to start and end a KS3 English lesson!

Inject pace into your English lessons with these packs of pick-up-and-teach starter and plenary activities. Easy to use and specifically designed for the 2014 KS3 English national curriculum, covering reading, writing, grammar and spoken language skills.

It's a must have...

...Pupils get to be creative. They are stretched and supported by adapted tasks - each activity has been differentiated...

...These activities fit brilliantly across the whole of KS3 & 4

S Owen, HoD & Peer Reviewer

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Write-on, flexible, in-class activities, complete with detailed teacher's notes, to kick-start or consolidate learning.

  • Ideal blend of individual, paired, small-group and whole-class activities develops independent and cooperative learning methods
  • Short and stimulating activities motivate and enthuse all learning stylessupport and extension material provided for every activity
  • Draws upon a variety of classic authors, alongside contemporary fiction and engaging non-fiction writing examples
  • All answers provided – great for AfL and speedy peer-assessment

The writer of this resource is inspirational...

...I'm excited to think we have teachers like this in the profession and I hope it inspires others

A Baiden, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Activities include: What’s in a title? | Grammar challenge | Non-fiction at the roll of a diceand more!

Multimedia approach: includes crosswords | Tarsia puzzles | social media | YouTube videos and more!

What do teachers say about this resource? (8470)

One of the most original resources I've reviewed in a very long time. It has a great range of activities, with some great original ideas... The writer of this resource is inspirational and is either well-experienced or en route to becoming an outstanding teacher... It was challenging and expects more of students than any other resource of its type I’ve seen recently... the writer provides scaffolding and support... It has original ideas and ‘out of the box’ activities that aren’t just engaging, but definitely educational. Bravo!... The range of activities is quite remarkable with a great variety of different tasks and ways to access / demonstrate learning. [The resource is] challenging, so students can raise their game and LEARN... For new teachers it models excellent practice, and the differentiation is already taken care of... Congratulations on an excellent resource. I'm excited to think we have teachers like this in the profession and I hope it inspires others

A Baiden, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Excellent. A series of differentiated standalone tasks that can be used in a range of ways to start or end a lesson. They range from literature work, to vocabulary extension, to creative tasks - both fiction and non-fiction. It's a must have... I like the way that most pieces have been linked to a text, or perhaps a topic or scheme of work... just about all of them can fit into my current programmes of study without a single tweak!... Pupils get to be creative. They are stretched and supported by adapted tasks - each activity has been differentiated... Opportunities are given to develop oral, reading and writing skills... makes very clear what skill is being considered and developed... These activities fit brilliantly across the whole of KS3 and 4. The poetry questions are fantastic for helping pupils develop their unseen poetry skills... It also gets them digging into the poems they need to study in depth for their coursework... The tasks which are directly linked to Shakespeare plays are great starters for the Shakespeare coursework...

S Owen, HoD & Peer Reviewer

Useful, time saving ideas... Effective starters can make a lesson and lots of these have a good ‘hook’... Highly suitable for year 7!

K Joel, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer