English and Film Studies

Overview of English/ Film Studies work and time scales

Teacher: Andy Smyth

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

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

Click here for Home Learning Functional Skills English

Write a story with the name ‘The Magic Coat’.  Remember to invent some interesting characters and places.

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.

Write a narrative with the title ‘The Broken Mirror’.  You should aim to write between 2 and 3 sides of A4.

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

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.

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

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

Do some research into a famous director (if you can’t think of another one, use Steven Spielberg) and create a PowerPoint about their life and work.  Remember to use images and words – if you can, add short video clips too.

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