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Operating as usual

01/04/2024

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MONDAY MOTIVATION!! ๐Ÿ“ข

The world can't be made better by one person, but one person can help make a better world.

Think about it...

What one thing can you contribute to make the world a better place today? ๐Ÿค”

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29/03/2024

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Did you know that there are 5 types of nouns? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Being specific about the technique when doing language analysis in the GCSE exams will help you gain those much needed marks that you need to pass!

How can you focus on making sure that you're revising language techniques regularly? ๐Ÿค”

25/03/2024

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MONDAY MOTIVATION!!๐Ÿ“ข

In order to predict your own future, YOU are the one that needs to create it!

What can you put in place today to ensure your future is one you can ve proud of? ๐Ÿค”

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20/03/2024

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Did you know that anaphora is used to emphasise a specific idea or message?

The use of repetition in anaphora makes specific words stick in your mind.

Think of the famous quote by Julius Caesar - "I came. I saw. I conquered."

Or Martin Luther King's "I have a dream," which is repeated 9 times in his speech!

What quotes can you think of that use anaphora? ๐Ÿค”

18/03/2024

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MONDAY MOTIVATION!! ๐Ÿ“ข

Giving yourself the gift of education is the most valuable thing that you can ever do.

What is one thing you can do today to boost the power and effectiveness of your education today? ๐Ÿค”

13/03/2024

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A Christmas Carol is an allegorical tale about greed and redemption, set in Victorian London.

It follows the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge - a selfish businessman, who visits his past, and learns how to have empathy for the people he has wronged in his life.

As one of the GCSE Literature Paper 1 texts, you will need to understand context, quotes, and the writer's language choices.

What did this novella teach you about empathy? ๐Ÿค”


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11/03/2024

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MONDAY MOTIVATION!! ๐Ÿ“ข

The storms will keep coming, so instead of waiting for them to pass, embrace the rain, and look for the rainbow ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒฆโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒž ๐ŸŒˆ

What can you do to focus on your rainbow today?

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08/03/2024

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Did you know...? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Eric Arthur Blair(25 June 1903 โ€“ 21 January 1950) was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic who wrote under the pseudonym, George Orwell.

Orwell is best known for his enormously successful titles, 'Animal Farm' and '1984'.

Both are powerful dystopianย novels, warning of a future world where the state exerts complete control over its citizens' social lives.

'Animal Farm' is also one of the novels studied on the GCSE Literature Paper 2 exam.

How significant do you think that Orwell's ideas were to the world that we live in today? ๐Ÿค”


#1984 #

06/03/2024

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Did you know...? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Charles John Huffam Dickensย (7 February 1812 โ€“ 9 June 1870) was an English novelist and social critic.

Dickens left school at age 12 to work in a boot-blacking factory when his father, Johnย was incarcerated in a debtors' prison.ย 

This experience inspired one of his many later writings - the novella, 'A Christmas Carol' (1843) - an allegorical text about greed and redemption, found on GCSE Literature Paper 1.

How do you think that Charles Dickens may have contributed to the socialist movement through his works? ๐Ÿค”


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04/03/2024

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MONDAY MOTIVATION!! ๐Ÿ“ข

Determination is the key!

How determined are you to do better?

What could you do today to help yourself create a better tomorrow? ๐Ÿค”


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01/03/2024

Writer of the day ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“–

Zadie Smithย (born 25 October 1975) is a Britishย novelist, essayist, and short-story writer.

She is best known for her bold approach to discussing race, religion, and cultural identity.
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Her debut novel, White Teeth(2000), immediately became a best-seller and won a number of awards.

Do you have a favourite novel written by ? ๐Ÿค”


28/02/2024

Writer of the day ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“–

Malorie Blackman OBE(born 8 February 1962) is a British writer who held the position of the Children's Laureateย from 2013 to 2015.

She has used science fiction to explore social and ethical issues, including her subverted fantasy trilogy, Noughts and Crosses, which uses the subverted Britain to explore power and racism.

What's your favourite novel? ๐Ÿค”

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26/02/2024

MONDAY MOTIVATION!! ๐Ÿ“ข

When you focus on the good, the good gets better.

What is one good thing that you can focus on to help you get through this new week? ๐Ÿค”

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23/02/2024

Thought for the day... ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

John Boynton Priestley (13 September 1894 โ€“ 14 August 1984) was an English novelist and playwright, who brought us the allegorical stage play, An Inspector Calls.

During the 1930s, Priestley became concerned about social inequality after the war, and was influential in developing the idea of a Welfare State.

The Welfare State was designed as a system to protect the health and well-being of the country's citizens, especially those in financial or social need, by means of grants, pensions, and other benefits.

The system has evolved a lot over the years, and today, we know one of the benefits as Universal Credit.

Do you think the country is better off because of JB Priestley's contribution?

21/02/2024

Thought for the day... ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Emilia Lanier (1569โ€“1645),ย nรฉe Emilia Bassano, became the first woman to publish a book of original poetry at the age of 42, employing linguistic features resembling the later Shakespearean plays.

There has been much speculation about whether Shakespeare was, in fact, illiterate and had passed Lanier's work off as his own.

This theory now remains one of literature's biggest mysteries.

Do you think Shakespeare wrote his own material?

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19/02/2024

MONDAY MOTIVATION!! ๐Ÿ“ข

Every journey of a thousand miles starts with that first step.

What will be your first step to success this week? ๐Ÿค”

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16/02/2024

Writer of the day ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“–

Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniahย (15 April 1958 โ€“ 7 December 2023) was a British writer,ย dub poet, actor, musician, and professor of poetry and creative writing.

His poem, 'No Problem' discusses his acknowledgement of the stereotyping and prejudice that comes with being Black, and is one of the listed poems on the Edexcel English literature conflict poetry exam.

Do you have a favourite poem or story written by Benjamin Zephaniah?

14/02/2024

Writer of the day...๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“–

John Agard (born 24 June 1949) is a Guyanese poet, playwright, and children's author with a huge catalogue of material.

His poem, 'Half-Caste,' depicts his anger at being labelled as such, while 'Checking Out Me History' speaks about identity.

Both poems are incorporated into EdExcel and AQA's English literature conflict poetry exam.

As a child, my favourite book to read was 'Say It Again, Granny!' A beautiful book celebrating old Caribbean sayings.

Do you have a favourite book or poem by John Agard?

12/02/2024

MONDAY MOTIVATION!! ๐Ÿ“ข

I really don't enjoy the struggle. It always makes me feel as though there is no end!

What gets me over the 'hump' is when I think of the triumph I'll have at the end!

How will you focus on the triumph instead of the struggle this week?

๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿค—

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09/02/2024

Did you know that you can draw pictures and symbols to help you revise? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿคฏ

Dual coding is the perfect way to make revising fun and impactful by learning in the best way that you can understand it. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿซ

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07/02/2024

Did you know that sibilance is a specific form of alliteration, used to emulate a hissing sound? ๐Ÿ’ก

It is often used in literature to create a sssinister, sssnake-like sssound for dramatic effect. ๐Ÿ

William Shakespeare was quite a fan of this technique, and cleverly incorporated it in some of his plays. ๐Ÿค“

Can you recall any quotes that he used sibilance in? ๐Ÿค”

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05/02/2024

MONDAY MOTIVATION!! ๐Ÿ“ข

Have you ever given up on something because it felt too difficult for you to accomplish? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿซฃ

Did you think about what would have happened if you had just pushed through? ๐Ÿค”

Something to remember is that every hard accomplishment we gain is just at the end of our comfort zone. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

So, next time you feel like giving up, just consider the feeling of triumph you'll get when you make it to the finish line and meet your goal! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ…

is impossible #

02/02/2024

Just like Paper 1, Section B of Language Paper 2 is also worth 40 marks, which is half of the overall paper!

Make revising for this section fun, by practising writing a speech to convince someone to give you ยฃ100.

What would you say to persuade them? ๐Ÿค”


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31/01/2024

An Inspector Calls is a post-1914 literature text, set just after WW1.

It tells a story of greed, deception, inequality, and social morality. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Who do you think carries the most responsibility for Eva Smith's demise? ๐Ÿค”

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29/01/2024

MONDAY MOTIVATION! ๐Ÿ“ข

All of these years later, I certainly remember my teachers better than those methods & techniques!

Now, I'm a teacher that I want my students to remember, and it feels good to wake up every day knowing that I'm tasked with making such an impact.

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค—

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26/01/2024

Did you know that Section B of the GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam is worth 40 marks?

That is 50% of the whole paper! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Make revising for this section fun, by practising describing your favourite food to someone who's never eaten it before. ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฅž๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿ

Use your 5 senses to describe it in as much detail as possible.
๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿคš๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿพ


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08/03/2021

It's been a trying couple of months, teaching online; not to mention the last year of uncertainty, pressure, and worry, under the rule of back and forth decisions that have left us all a lot more than mentally drained.

My hope for today's return to physical teaching, is that we are given the right support to nurture our childrens' young minds safely, without judgement, more pressure, or expectations of miracle working.

Let's stay SAFE, and stay SANE!
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“โค๐Ÿ–ค

24/02/2021

โคโคโค



23/02/2021

It may be hard, but it's not impossible!
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ



12/02/2021

It's the last day of half term! Why must people insist on having meetings on this day?!
๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ


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