Key Stage 3 pupils began the academic year by studying a variety of short texts and making Reading Journals. Pupils have read the works of Michael Morpurgo, J.R.R. Tolkien and H.G. Wells, to name but a few. They have been looking at language, learning about the writer’s craft and analysing literary devices. TM and OB worked particularly hard on these skills.
This half-term the pupils have focused on the horror genre. Lots of ghosts stories have been shared in lessons and rich discussions have taken place around the question of what we feel is truly frightening. TM, EP, GC and AT have worked really hard to create suspense and atmosphere within their writing.
Year 10 pupils began the year studying a topic on heroes and villains. They’ve been learning about Chris Kyle, the American Sniper, reading poetry, analysing language and techniques, learning about famous villains and showcasing their speaking and listening skills. Finally, they have been completing their own research into a famous hero or villain.
This half term, some year 10 and year 11 pupils have been preparing for their Functional Skills Level 1 exams that will be taking place over the next few weeks. Pupils have been practising their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills whilst covering a variety of topics including grime music, poverty, the slave trade and conspiracy theories.
Year 10 and Year 11 pupils sitting the GCSE English Literature exam have been studying The History Boys by Alan Bennett and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The pupils have been developing their understanding of the contexts, language and structure of the texts and the writer’s craft.
I would like to remind all parents and pupils that from 2:15 pm on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, there is an opportunity to attend some extra English lessons. If you need to catch up, improve your skills or just want to be better prepared for your exams than please come along. I would like to give a special shout out to TH and AW who have attended some of these sessions and have improved their writing and analytical skills as a result.