In 2013 I started as an NQT in a new-build academy in a largely young and adventurous English department. Much of my practice was shaped by my time there and one of the best creations which I have taken to other schools has been our ‘Progress Pack’. A somewhat gimmicky title coined by my HOD... Continue Reading →
I posted here earlier in the year as we began our journey exploring vocabulary in more detail and explicitly teaching Tier 2 vocabulary to our cohorts. We have since offered a 'Word of Week' tailored to the curriculum content we offer with a few specific rules: The format of the Word of the Week remains... Continue Reading →
Story Mountain for the development of creative writing and to support the formative stages of prose analysis.
See Week 1 for rationale and to refresh the first round of quotations. These will be revisited in the Week 2 quotation recap. Week 2 of the Quotation Retention Challenge:
'To Kill a Mockingbird' A practical way to enhance the memorisation of quotes for closed book examinations involves repetition and continuous revisiting. Students: reading your quotations once or twice before an exam or an assessment will not allow it to embed itself into your long term memory. However repeat this quotation for a week, pull... Continue Reading →
We have been introducing to our students since the beginning of the year. It builds into our formative knowledge curriculum and the importance of explicitly teaching vocabulary exploration; as @Doug_Lemov describes it in 'Reading Reconsidered': “making a case study out of certain words and their application.” Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week... Continue Reading →