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.
Story Mountain for the development of creative writing and to support the formative stages of prose analysis.
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 →
Inspired by the lead up to UAE's National Day our KS3 students are creating some detailed description based on iconic landscapes and buildings which have become world renowned. 200 Word Challenge - National Day
Ultimately I fell into teaching as I wasn’t ready to give up the study of literature and everyday I learn something new; about a text, an author, a student, a new approach and often about myself. I have taught in a variety of schools up and down the UK and have taken my first foray... Continue Reading →