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 →
Important vocabulary for approaching the Edexcel iGCSE Non-Fiction unit. Arabic translations included for English Language Learners Vocabulary Translation Definition 1 Climax ذروة The point where tension and drama is at its highest in an extract 2 Exposition معرض Detailed description (of a setting) at the beginning of a narrative 3 Memoir مذكرات 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 →
These follow a similar style and purpose as the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Quotation Retention Challenge cards posted here and here. They can be used in class for analysis, as part of self-quizzing and for display material.
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 →
Stretch and Challenge Material 'Postcards from the Dead' Literacy Criticism for Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'
To support our weakest students, Our Writing Checklist focuses on basic levels of accuracy whilst encouraging students to look back and redraft their work.