Monthly Archives: August 2016

Updated year 7 grammar programme

We have one distinct grammar lesson a fortnight and despite recent changes, for this year, at least, until we have greater certainty, we will continue to follow Daisy C’s recommend grammar teaching programme.

These lessons work through nouns, verbs, adjectives, tense, subject-verb agreement and prepositions.

At the end of the unit, we will test students understanding of the grammar components taught through MCQs – yet to be written.

 

New grammar workbook T1+T2

Year 7 Grammar Programme T1 and T2 Planning grid

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An Inspector Call’s – Act One Context comprehension workbook

So in class we will be studying Macbeth with year 11.

However, I want my students to not lose the thread with the other texts so for homework, students will be re-reading An Inspector Calls in Terms 1/2.

Having not taught year 10 last year, the first thing I think is key is ensuring students are clear on what they are being assessed on.  So for me, it’s really important the students are clear that in the Post 1914 literature section (Edexcel) they understand that they are being assessed on their reference to text but also their understanding of context.

Therefore, this booklet is thread together with context sitting at the heart of it.

There is a quick summary of the relevant context, key questions that have context at the heart of them, key quotations to learn for context and finally two essay basic frameworks which will be discussed in class first.

Act Two and Act Three to follow!

An Inspector Calls Act 1 Context Comprehension booklet

Blood Brother’s Act One Comprehension booklet

So in class we will be studying Macbeth with year 11.

However, I want my students to not lose the thread with the other texts so for homework, students will be re-reading Blood Brothers in Terms 1/2.

Having not taught year 10 last year, the first thing I think is key is ensuring students are clear on what they are being assessed on.  So for me, it’s really important the students are clear that in the Post 1914 literature section (Edexcel) they understand that they are being assessed on their reference to text but also their understanding of context.

Therefore, this booklet is thread together with context sitting at the heart of it.

There is a quick summary of the relevant context, key questions that have context at the heart of them, key quotations to learn for context and finally two essay basic frameworks which will be discussed in class first.

The Act One booklet is here (as many of you are aware, I have a class made up of students who have studied different texts so must also do one for An Inspector Calls – going to be a fun year!):

Blood Brothers Act 1 Comprehension booklet

 

 

Reading journal

Hugely influenced by Donalyn Miller – author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild, this is the journal I have put together to use with my year 7s in the new academic year.

The reading journals will be issued during students first lesson with me.  Once all the admin has been completed I intend to spend the rest of the lesson talking about reading.  I will share the books I have read over the summer and ask the students to do the same.  I will then share my ‘to read’ pile and discuss how and why I line up my choices.  They will also visit the library to ensure all students have a book.

Within the first two weeks students will complete the interest survey and the reading attitudes survey.  The interest survey is a way in to the students to identify their likes and dislikes that can then be matched to books.  The reading attitudes survey will tell me what I need to know when planning ahead for the reading year.

I love the idea of the 40 book challenge and wanted to do it last year and then our wise government decided to overhaul English leaving me little time for anything else.  I love the fact it encourages the reading of a range of genres as this will really enhance the students’ reading repertoire.  What is key is that I will follow the same challenge and do it alongside the students.  This is important because I need to show them I am striving to be a better reader as well.  I will also complete the journal – the interest survey, the reading attitudes, the reading log and reflections.  I might give mine to my HOF to review ;-P

It has been argued that many students do not like writing full reviews of the books they read.  Therefore, this simplified form, adapted from Donalyn enables students to record their reading without it having to be onerous.  However, the reading reflections are longer reflections which I am going to get my students to do in their fortnightly library lesson.    Donalyn does these at letters to herself which I think is a really nice idea.

Finally at the end of the year, there is an opportunity for reflection.

Let me know if I have missed anything.

Reading journal

Plot summary bookmarks: JH, AIC and BB

At the start of every lesson we have 10 minutes of DEAR time.  In KS3 this is free choice but with so much literature content, I am thinking of directing this in KS4 for my classes.  In term 1 we are studying Blood Brothers.  However, during DEAR time, I would like my year 10 top set to read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in preparation for teaching in term 3.  I have produced this bookmark as I know Jekyll and Hyde is a complex read so that before they read a chapter, they can get an overview which I am hoping will help their comprehension of the text.

Jekyll and Hyde extendable bookmark

An Inspector Calls plot summary bookmark

Blood Brothers plot summary bookmark

This will then be repeated when teaching Jekyll and Hyde for Macbeth.