World Book Day is an exciting time of year, when teachers have settled comfortably into the routine of the year and new classes but before the pressure ramps up with summer exams. It is an opportunity to let your creativity out and let your bookishness reign. Our school included in their calendar this year a... Continue Reading →
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 →