A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A selection of lessons created to suit a middle ability year 10 group. Lots of chances to explore all the AOs and plenty of engaging activities to bring this novella to life!
RuthRebekah
WJEC/EDUQAS Poetry Anthology

WJEC/EDUQAS Poetry Anthology

A selection of recap lessons covering all 18 poems in the anthology. Also included is a series of 18 PowerPoint presentations covering all AOs for each of the poems. This has proven really successful for my current year 11s to allow them the opportunity to quickly revise the poems.
RuthRebekah
Creative Writing

Creative Writing

A Harry Potter themed creative writing lesson focusing upon creating an effective description of setting. Pupils begin by exploring several descriptions of famous locations on Diagon Alley which they use to gather examples of how the five senses are used. Following this, pupils are challenged to create their own description of their chosen location on Diagon Alley before completing a peer-assessment which helps to reduce teacher marking! All resources are included and provide examples of shops, higher level vocabulary and examples of language devices in action to offer additional assistance and guidance.
RuthRebekah
To Kill A Mockingbird (Tracking through a text)

To Kill A Mockingbird (Tracking through a text)

This lesson helped my middle ability year 9 class to gain confidence in deciphering the significance of symbols, familiarising themselves with unseen texts and understanding how to go about tracking the narrator's shifts in attitude throughout the text. The work with the emojis proved extremely helpful for pupils and saw them explore a wider range of attitudes than I have ever previously noted - it also provoked quite a unique opportunity for dialogue to arise between the pupils too.
RuthRebekah
Things Fall Apart Extract (Fiction Reading)

Things Fall Apart Extract (Fiction Reading)

A lesson that explores the select and retrieve skills essential for WJEC Fiction Reading paper. The lesson was delivered successfully to a middle ability year 9 class who enjoyed the exploration of a different culture, consideration of African proverbs and development of key exam skills needed to gain confidence before tackling the more challenging questions later in the paper.
RuthRebekah
Things Fall Apart (Fiction Reading - Mood and Atmosphere)

Things Fall Apart (Fiction Reading - Mood and Atmosphere)

This lesson helped my middle ability year 9 class to consider their observation skills in exploring a 5 mark mood and atmosphere style question from the WJEC fiction reading paper. The lesson developed to build pupils' confidence with a text we had previously explored for select and retrieve questions by building the layers of their response through discussion, embedding quotations and 'walking through' the extract. The brief sample response at the end of the PowerPoint provided further reassurance to pupils who felt the task was more difficult than they could manage by highlighting strengths of the response and illustrating how the embedded quotations they had previously selected could be used as a starting point to a more developed response.
RuthRebekah
The Famished Road (Fiction Reading)

The Famished Road (Fiction Reading)

This lesson helped my middle ability year 9 students to consolidate their knowledge of the importance of observation skills, select and retrieve skills and embedding quotations. In addition to this, it also developed their confidence with higher level vocabulary and allowed them the opportunity to consider what key vocabulary means within its specific context.
RuthRebekah
Half of a Yellow Sun (Empathy Question)

Half of a Yellow Sun (Empathy Question)

This lesson allowed my middle ability year 9 students to begin to display their own personal responses towards a text whilst also tracking through an extract. The lesson encourages students to deal with the entirety of the extract and provides examples for those who find this activity particularly challenging.
RuthRebekah
Ancient Egypt (Fiction Reading Skills)

Ancient Egypt (Fiction Reading Skills)

This lesson challenged my middle ability year 9 pupils to consider connotations, select and retrieve information in a set amount of time and identify key moments from across a text. This worked well to consolidate some of those important reading skills we had been working on as we familiarised ourselves with the WJEC Fiction Reading paper format while also allowing them so additional creativity as the term drew to a close.
RuthRebekah
WJEC Fiction Reading

WJEC Fiction Reading

This bundle of lessons covers some of the key skills required by the WJEC fiction reading paper. The texts that are explored have a global influence in order to develop pupils' awareness of a variety of texts. There are lots of examples and tips along the way that really benefitted my middle ability year 9 pupils.
RuthRebekah
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

This lesson worked really well with my high ability year 7 group and gained some excellent feedback following an observation. The lesson explores the real life tragedy that struck Jean-Dominique Bauby and uses this to challenge pupils to consider their communication skills. The lesson is carefully chunked with short amounts of time allocated to each activity to extend the challenge further. It also provided some great opportunities for SMSC links to be made in class too.
RuthRebekah
WJEC Poetry Anthology

WJEC Poetry Anthology

This lesson was delivered to my middle ability year 11 class as they were preparing for their GCSEs and it focused on consolidating their knowledge of the WJEC Poetry Anthology having studied the entire collection in years 10 and 11. This lesson proved successful as it suited the desires of the class, who in the final few weeks, sought ways to revise the literature course whilst also having the opportunity to challenge themselves through conversing with others. As the end of the lesson, all pupils had a completed jigsaw linking the 18 poems together under one of the headings of content, context, language and structure. The three other members of their team completed the other headings and pupils could photograph one another's work for a handy revision tool. The same lesson could easily be adapted to other poetry collections or be used for characters or themes/symbols in other texts.
RuthRebekah
WJEC Poetry Anthology

WJEC Poetry Anthology

This lesson was used to consolidate my middle ability year 11 students' knowledge of the WJEC Poetry Anthology as they prepared for their GCSEs. Having studied the entire poetry selection over years 10 and 11, the pupils wanted to revise the entire selection whilst also tackling planning and preparing for the essay style question. A quick visual starter using imagery associated with the poetry provoked pupils to consider the key symbols prevalent in the poems before they worked in groups to create exam style questions and plan together. The challenge was then increased when the pupils were tasked with choosing two of the poems at random and creating an individual response linking the two poems together.
RuthRebekah
WJEC Love and Relationships Recap

WJEC Love and Relationships Recap

A recap lesson of the three AOs (content, language and structure and context) in relation to the theme of love and relationships in Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy, She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron and Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning.
RuthRebekah
Romeo and Juliet Scheme of Work

Romeo and Juliet Scheme of Work

An action packed scheme of work! Aimed at lower ability pupils, this dynamic and engaging scheme of work makes Shakespeare's most famous tragedy accessible to a wide range of learners. Well-designed and effectively presented worksheets provide additional help and guidance for all learners in your class. These lessons won't fail to attract the attention of your pupils and will surely make their study of Romeo and Juliet an unforgettable one!
RuthRebekah
WJEC/EDUQAS Poetry Anthology

WJEC/EDUQAS Poetry Anthology

A selection of recap lessons covering all 18 poems in the anthology. Also included is a series of 18 PowerPoint presentations covering all AOs for each of the poems. This has proven really successful for my current year 11s to allow them the opportunity to quickly revise the poems.
RuthRebekah
Dystopian Literature

Dystopian Literature

An introductory lesson enabling pupils to explore dystopian literature through a range of activities that appeal to a range of different learners.
RuthRebekah
Break Out Oliver!

Break Out Oliver!

This lesson sets the scene with Oliver Twist being captured for pick pocketing and sent to Newgate prison - the pupils must work in teams to help solve 5 puzzles which lead to them being provided with cryptic clues. Each cryptic clue reveals the next number to the 5 digit code and will eventually release Oliver! Lots of great opportunities for building teamwork, developing speaking and listening and also helping to further inference and deduction skills too. All resources are included!
RuthRebekah
WJEC Poetry Anthology Analysis Resource

WJEC Poetry Anthology Analysis Resource

Analysis of all 18 poems from the WJEC poetry anthology. All AOs covered (content, language and structure and context) for each poem. Not all analysis is my own! I have put this onto Show My Homework for all my pupils to help with their revision. This has proven particularly helpful for pupils who may have been absent or are lacking confidence with some of the poems from the selection.
RuthRebekah
WJEC Nature Poetry Recap

WJEC Nature Poetry Recap

A recap lesson of the three AOs (content, language and structure and context) in relation to the theme of nature in To Autumn by Joh Keats and The Prelude by William Wordsworth.
RuthRebekah
Lord of the Flies - Simon's Death

Lord of the Flies - Simon's Death

A challenging lesson used for my high ability year 11s to consolidate their knowledge of Simon throughout the text. Pupils were encouraged to rapidly recap on their knowledge of this pivotal character in an interactive starter, this was further strengthened through the use of the board game (need some dice for this section!) which also acted as a great visual aid for their revision before settling into analysis based upon a sample paper. All resources are included - the board game is the final slide on the PowerPoint and could be used in a multitude of ways - paired or group work for example.
RuthRebekah
Lord of the Flies - Piggy's Death

Lord of the Flies - Piggy's Death

A powerful lesson that simultaneously helped me to develop my middle ability year 10 class' knowledge of the plot whilst also allowing them the opportunity to engage with exam skills as they were preparing for assessments. A cloze procedure task is included to speed up the group's knowledge of the text but could also act as a handy recap tool before the real hard work began! Lots of support materials are included along with an example introduction, example analytical paragraph and selection of Piggy related quotations. These are all of quite a sophisticated manner in order to promote challenge within this middle ability set but could very easily be adapted for differing class groups. All resources are included at the end of the PowerPoint.
RuthRebekah
Lord of the Flies - The Pig's Head

Lord of the Flies - The Pig's Head

A lesson that provoked a lot of thought in my middle ability pupils as to the struggle for power and significance of the symbol of the sacrificed pig's head in chapter 8 of the text. A focus is placed upon higher level vocabulary (as Eduqas award 5 marks for that skill on this question!) along with a thorough exploration through discussion of the metaphorical nature of the pig's head. My pupils particularly enjoyed annotating the image of the pig's head with information from our whole class discussion before using a different colour to add quotations and analysis of language. All resources are include at the end of the PowerPoint.
RuthRebekah