GCSE English Literature (AQA) - quotation self-test sheetsQuick View
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GCSE English Literature (AQA) - quotation self-test sheets

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A series of sheets designed to help students learn quotations for GCSE English Literature (AQA). Students use these sheets once a week, depending on which text you are studying. They start on the lowest level (A) and as they develop knowledge of the quotations they move up the levels, gaining rewards each time they progress up a whole level.
An Inspector Calls: essay planning toolQuick View
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An Inspector Calls: essay planning tool

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This document is a summary sheet aimed at a high-ability year 10 class, but can be adapted for other sets. It takes them step-by-step through the process of planning a conceptualised essay with deep analysis. Each stage of the essay process is modelled.
AQA English Language Knowledge OrganiserQuick View
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AQA English Language Knowledge Organiser

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A blank knowledge organiser based on the requirements for the AQA English Language papers (new spec). This can be used in lessons as a way of students retrieving the knowledge they have about the papers. The document also contains a completed knowledge organiser for students to check their responses against.
Voyages - a novel about transitionQuick View
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Voyages - a novel about transition

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This is a novel written by year 7 students on the theme of transition from primary to secondary school. It is free to download and photocopy for use by teachers or parents who wish to discuss transition between schools with their children or students.
Transition Reading Project - Year 6 to Year 7Quick View
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Transition Reading Project - Year 6 to Year 7

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These resources were used as part of a transition project for year 6 students. The project is themed around reading and friendship. We were able to secure funding to purchase copies of the book (The 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford) for each new student. The details of the project are outlined below and the resources are attached. We wrapped the books up in brown paper and string along with an activity booklet. Each package had a label written by an older student at the school, welcoming the new starter. These were given out at the parents’ information evening, prior to the transition day. The transition day activities were themed around the book. Students spent the morning in tutor groups doing activities which were based on the topic of friendship (a central theme), and the afternoon with English teachers looking at the book in a bit more detail. There was also a fast-paced session which was a carousel of 4 library-themed games. Students read the book over the summer and completed the activity booklet. Prizes were awarded for those who managed it. The first 3 weeks of English lessons in September were themed around the book and sought to establish what students’ basic analytical / writing skills were. This culminated in (for teachers) a baseline assessment and (for students) a visit from the author.
Porphyria's Lover Murder MysteryQuick View
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Porphyria's Lover Murder Mystery

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This is a murder mystery activity based around the story of Porphyria’s Lover. It takes around 90 minutes and requires a room where students can move around. Start by reading the Police Inspector prompts (or we recorded a video of our drama teacher) and then talk through the timeline on the powerpoint. Give each student a character card and let them “interview” each other to gather evidence (using the evidence collection sheet). If students finish early, they can complete the back of the evidence collection sheet using the information from the various exhibits. Apologies - the character cards were missing - they have now been added.
An Inspector Calls: Who is to Blame?Quick View
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An Inspector Calls: Who is to Blame?

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This lesson was originally planned for No Pens Day and focusses on consolidating knowledge of the plot of An Inspector Calls, as well as developing oracy in the classroom.
CPD resource - what does differentiation look like in the classroom?Quick View
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CPD resource - what does differentiation look like in the classroom?

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A resource used in school CPD sessions. Based on experience and research, this powerpoint aims to provide teachers with a summary of up-to-date information about differentiation in the classroom. There are also a number of suggestions for how to scaffold weaker students to achieve their potential. Although this was originally given to an English department, it has subsequently been used for the whole school and can be adapted to many other subjects. Enjoy!
Macbeth - assessment preparation resourcesQuick View
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Macbeth - assessment preparation resources

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This is a lesson aimed at preparing a low/middle ability Year 11 class for their assessment on Macbeth. Students start by creating a timeline of Macbeth’s character during Acts 1-3, and then read and explore an example essay.
Macbeth - building vocabularyQuick View
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Macbeth - building vocabulary

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A series of 4 lessons planned for a middle / high ability Year 9 class. The lessons encourage students to develop their vocabulary when writing about Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” so that they can express their ideas in greater depth and precision. The lessons assume that the students have already read the play.