Revision Guidance for English
Students are encouraged to read as much as possible outside of school. Reading should encompass both fiction and non-fiction texts. This means that students should be encouraged to read novels, short stories, plays and poetry but also a range of non-fiction such as magazines (these could cover hobbies such as angling, cars, rugby, computing etc) and a range of newspapers – both broadsheet and tabloid. Students should be encouraged to cut out articles, front pages and advertisements and annotate them and take notes on their presentation and the language used in them as well as the purpose and audience.
Students should be encouraged to write independently in a range of styles. Students could write short stories, opening chapters of their own ‘novel’, descriptions of people and places in order to practise writing to describe. Students should also practise writing to persuade or argue, choosing topics of their own and planning and writing letters or speeches on a subject they are interested in. Students should also practise writing to inform or explain, choosing areas of interest to them such as favourite sports teams, films, musicians and writing explanations as to their popularity or why they like them. Students could practise creating information leaflets on their local area, sports team or hobby in order to practise writing to explain or inform.
The last website is particularly useful for obtaining past papers for practise. Just make sure that your child asks their teacher for the correct course details for them.
By Ryan Heszelgraves Posted on 14/10/2014 12:41:25
Media Review Websites
Here are some review websites created by our Year 10 media students. There is some great information on the latest books, films, TV series and video games.
Not only do the websites look incredibly professional and were made by the students themselves but all the reviews are written by the students, their friends and even some guest reviews by the staff here at Temple Moor!
By Ryan Heszelgraves Posted on 24/09/2012 18:50:50
Leeds Book Award
Leeds Book Award Nominee Visits Temple Moor
Last school year, a number of a students were lucky enough to take part in a seminar lead by ‘Fifty Fifty’ author S.L. Powell. Students were given an insight into what it takes to become a published writer and the inspiration behind the author’s award nominated novel. Six members of the school’s book club were then given the responsibility of keeping company with the author, as they waited to enter the awards ceremony at the Carriageworks Theatre to discover who the winners of the Leeds Book Awards for 2012 were. The students had spent the past few months reading and reviewing all the nominated novels including the eventual winners: Bryony Pearce, author of ‘Angel’s Fury’ and Paula Rawsthorne, author of ‘The Truth About Celia Frost’. After the awards ceremony, students from schools across the Leeds area were given the opportunity to introduce themselves to all the nominated novelists.
By Gavin Nicholson Posted on 17/09/2012 08:57:57
Acting and Role Playing
In the modern world of work being able to use role-play to practise potential skills and competencies is a vital tool. Throughout our personal and professional lives it is important that we can empathise and relate to other people in a productive manner. The skills of acting and role-play are valuable ones and form an important part of the modern compulsory GCSE English syllabus. However, those very skills are, by nature, potentially embarrassing for adults and GCSE students alike. In order to assist students in achieving the highest grades possible whilst also developing their role-play ability the English department innovated in the method of delivery of this key assessment. Gone was a short piece which was rehearsed and presented to a watching audience. Instead two sets (10A1 and 10A2) participated in a group workshop where all students improvised and performed at the same time, developing and transforming the piece as they went over a two hour workshop. Throughout the afternoon the students were given a scenario from a noted 20th Century playwright and were given the opportunity to assume the personas of younger students, older students, journalists, teachers and family members in a piece of group drama. There was no public performance, instead teachers assessed each group as they developed their role. This gave the students confidence as they were not being singled out for individual attention but were instead working in a collaborative manner. The students' improvisations were very empathic and creative and all participants were graded A/A* on this most challenging of tasks.
Mrs J Shelton
By Gavin Nicholson Posted on 11/09/2012 07:42:37
World Book Day
On Thursday 1 March, Temple Moor celebrated World Book Day in spectacular style
as the school was filled with staff and students dressed up as Harry Potters,
Where’s Wallys, Captain Hooks and a whole host of other book characters in order
to promote reading. As well as the fancy dress, students also had the
opportunity to hear extracts from the favourite books of teachers from across
the whole school and hear the music scores from a number of famous film
adaptations of books during breaks. Our ks3 classes had their lessons for the
day based around their favourite books, and all staff and students got the
opportunity to ‘drop everything and read’ for half an hour during the day. In
addition to this, staff and students had the chance to get rid of their unwanted
books and pick a new one at our big book swap.
Although the day was focused on promoting reading, it was also used as an
opportunity to raise funds to support The James Brook Appeal and we raised a
fantastic £681.29 Through non-uniform and fancy dress contributions and the sale
of buns and candy floss during break. The day was lots of fun for all of us and
continued to promote the school’s positive message about reading.
By Gavin Nicholson Posted on 21/06/2012 20:49:16