English and Film Studies

Overview of English/ Film Studies work and time scales

Teacher: Andy Smyth

Hi everyone!  There is a Shakespeare performance on YouTube (see link below).  Watch the performance and talk about it with your family.  (You will be able to find others online, or you could read about one of Shakespeare’s plays).
Then, choose from the following activities (you can do as many as you want):
  • Write a review of the performance
  • Try to cut the storyline down to 10 bullet points
  • Rewrite the story as a comic with words and pictures
  • Design a poster for a new and exciting performance of the play in a month’s time
  • Write your own play about ambition or greed

Here is the link to the Globe’s premiere of ‘Macbeth’ on youtube – https://youtu.be/PFwHmgA9nno


If you would like some inspiration for a new book or some ideas for something to read together as a family, take a look at this book list.

Click here to write and present a news report

Sir Patrick Stewart is reading one of Shakespeare’s Sonnets every day on his instagram page – search for @sirpatstew

Follow the link for some great worksheets to print at home – https://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Reading-Comprehension.html

In the upcoming weeks, celebrities are going to read a different chapter of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, starting with Daniel Radcliffe himself! – https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-boy-who-lived

J.K. Rowling has launched a ‘Harry Potter at home’ webpage which has different activities/ puzzles/ games/ reading passages etc – https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

This link gives you access to a range of wonderful short stories, read fantastically well by different actors and celebrities – https://www.onceuponaquarantine.com/

Key Stage 3 (Secondary)

We suggest that you spend 2-3 hours a week on English.  Work through the packs sent home first and keep an eye on the school website as more work will be appearing there.  Supplement the packs with reading exercises and story time, sharing a book you and your child love. 

Click here for Reading Challenges you can complete with your child

You will need three sheets of paper for this, or three pages open in Word, PowerPoint etc.
  1. On each page, put a colour in the middle.
  2. Around the colour, write down 10-20 things that you associate with the colour e.g. blue – sky, sea, bubblegum, Sonic… etc.
  3. Around the things, write down how they make you feel e.g. blue – sky – happy, calm, content, peaceful
  4. Pick the most positive strand you can find from your posters and use it to write a story (aim for 2-4 sides of A4)
(This activity will last 2 weeks so don’t worry about finishing for this Friday.)

GCSE English

We suggest that you spend 3-4 hours a week working on English Language.  Try to maintain an equal balance of non-fiction and fiction, reading and writing.  Have a look at the past papers and example examination papers as they show the types of question and, also, the level of text that is appropriate.

Aim to write 2-4 sides in response to each of the following GCSE style tasks:
1. Write an article for the local newspaper arguing either for or against the idea that recycling should be mandatory and that there should be punishments for families who do not do it.
Make sure that you make it very clear what you believe, but that you also show that you understand the alternative point of view.
2. Write a story with the title, “Defeated”.
Try to engage your reader and maintain their interest throughout.
(Complete one question during each of the next two weeks.)

Use BBC Bitesize to supplement the work – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

How to access BBC GCSE bitesize from home

How to access BBC KS3 bitesize from home

Lexia – Core 5 letter for parents

PowerUp – parents letter

Middlesbrough Reads Roald Dahl Challenges

GCSE Film Studies

We suggest that you spend 3-4 hours a week working on Film Studies.  Some of this time can be used to watch relevant films but it is also important to consider the theory element of the course.  Work through the packs sent home first and then keep checking the website for further information.  If you have access to a camera or other digital recording equipment, footage for the practical element of the course can be filmed.

The first Best Picture Oscar was awarded in 1928/1929 for a film called “Wings” and this year, 2020, a film called “Parasite” won.
  1. See how many other Best Picture winners you can name.
  2. Check your findings (you might have a book at home with this information or you could search it online).
  3. Complete the list from 1928 to now.
  4. Choose 3 films from the list that you haven’t seen and watch them.
  5. Write a review of the film you enjoyed most.
(This activity will last 2 weeks so don’t worry about finishing for this Friday.)

Click here to view the top 30 ‘must see’ films

Click here for ‘Fifty film guides to use at home’

Free musicals and plays you can now stream during the Coronavirus outbreak – click here