Overview of English/ Film Studies work and time scales
Teacher: Andy Smyth
- 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.
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
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.
- Review the journals you have been writing.
- Pick 3-6 entries that strike you as important and re-read them carefully. It would be great if you talked to the people you live with about them too, to get their thoughts.
- Redraft those entries, improving your spelling, punctuation, grammar and, if necessary, vocabulary.
- Add an additional entry, exploring how you feel now and how your feelings have changed since the early days of lockdown (aim to write 2 sides for this entry – the others may not be as long).
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 an article for the school magazine about life during lockdown. You should aim to give information about the situation, add your own thoughts and feelings and give some advice for others who may experience a similar situation in the future.
- Write a story with the title “The View from the Hill”.
Use BBC Bitesize to supplement the work – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
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.
- First, what are your thoughts on the controversy? (If you aren’t sure why it has recently made the news, do a quick Google. If you haven’t already seen the film, then try to watch it, bearing in mind that it was made a long time ago.)
- Can you see any other films on the list of winners that you feel may not be suitable to a modern audience – which ones and why?
- Are there any modern winners (within the last twenty years) that you think may be judged less favourably in years to come? Again, which ones and why?
Free musicals and plays you can now stream during the Coronavirus outbreak – click here