Subject Leader Mr G Scanlan
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Year 10 & Year 11
At Bedford Free School takes pride in delivering high academic performance, taught with ambition and rigour. We seek to inspire a sense of achievement in all year groups and at all ability levels. We ensure lessons are exciting, creative and enjoyable.
Literacy is a priority. We also encourage high standards in Speaking & Listening and oratory:
By Seamus Heaney
A shadow his father makes with joined hands
And thumbs and fingers nibbles on the wall
Like a rabbit’s head. He understands
He will understand more when he goes to school.
There he draws smoke with chalk the whole first week,
Then draws the forked stick that they call a Y.
This is writing. A swan’s neck and swan’s back
Make the 2 he can see now as well as say.
Two rafters and a cross-tie on the slate
Are the letter some call ah, some call ay.
There are charts, there are headlines, there is a right
Way to hold the pen and a wrong way.
First it is ‘copying out’, and then ‘English’,
Marked correct with a little leaning hoe.
Smells of inkwells rise in the classroom hush.
A globe in the window tilts like a coloured O.
Year 10 students have now completed two important Controlled Assessments on Extended Reading and Spoken Language.
They will soon begin their study of JB Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls (Heinemann - ISBN-13: 978-0435232825),
as part of their English Literature GCSE. This text and John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men (Penguin Classics - ISBN-13: 978-0141023571) are important texts for all GCSE students.
Although there are school copies available for all students to read in class, they are strongly advised to buy their own copy of these books, as they will need to take them home and annotate them as part of their
preparations for the relevant exams. Both texts are available in all good bookshops and on websites such as Amazon.
students have been studying poetry. They have moved on to revision for the English Language Reading and Writing Paper, for which there will be a two and a quarter hour mock exam in March.
Individual timetables have been released and those sitting Literature should also revise for the poetry exam.
Students participate in a broad programme of study across Key Stage Three, including the study of a novel, a selection of poems, a play, a Shakespeare play and completing a range of non-fiction and creative writing tasks each year. Additionally, all students participate in library lessons aimed at fostering a love of reading which will support students with their literacy across the curriculum.
Students are also given the opportunity to attend a number of trips to support and enhance their learning. Excursions this year include: a visit to Harry Potter World, and theatre trip to see The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, and a visit to The Globe Theatre.
So far this year, Year 7 students have completed two reading assessments (the novel Skellig and the drama The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty) and a creative writing piece based on Harry Potter. Students are moving onto non-fiction writing based on historical accounts of The Titanic. They will then move on to War poetry and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Year 8 students have studied the novel Holes, Caribbean short stories and a selection of 19th and 20th century gothic texts this year. Next term, they will be working on non-fiction writing before studying ballad poetry and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the summer term.
Year 9 began the year reading Willy Russell's powerful musical drama Blood Brothers, followed by Dickens' A Christmas Carol. They have recently been reading the novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In ThNight-time, which will continue after half term, incorporating a 'murder mystery' creative piece and a reading assessment. In the run up to Easter, we will study a short scheme exploring developments in the history of the English language. This study will help give context to Shakespeare and will complement our study of Macbeth in the Summer term. Year 9 students will then begin preparation for the Non-Fiction Paper element of the English Language GCSE.
Year 7 visit to Harry Potter Studios: