Years 9-11 Reading HW – First set of exam questions on the English work  – Find the work here

To reward those of you who did the snow work, you won’t have to redo.

Complete the questions on Tell Tale Heart.

Year 9 and 10 – Complete questions 1-3

Year 11 – Complete questions 2- 4

Writing HW – Years 9-11 – Due Monday 5th March

Language Paper 1: Question 5

Narrative Writing

Write a story that begins with the sentence: ‘Walking past, they tried to ignore him, ignore the failings of humanity.’

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LAYOUT – Experiment with using this narrative structure – it may help your writing style

Panoramic – describe the scene, broadly. Introduce the time and setting.

Zoom – focus your lens in on your character/s, describe them in detail.

Single line – add one line of dialogue from your character/s.

Shift – describe the incident that is taking place in the scene, talk the reader through the senses.

Shift – how does the incident reach a climax point? How does the atmosphere/mood change?

Panoramic – zoom out to look at the scene as a whole, how has it changed given the new information?


You must include:

  • a range of linguistic devices
  • a range of punctuation
  • ambitious vocabulary
  • varied structural features.

Plan before you write. Consider what you need to include (specifically) and where you will include it; create a tick list.

The incident does not have to be anything major – it can be an ordinary day, as long as it is convincing and compelling.

Year 9 and 10 Reading Homework – due Monday 26th February

Read the extract carefully. Then complete the questions required.

Year 10 Reading HW Hunting Q1 and 3

Question 1: Read the question and identify the lines carefully.  Simply shade in the circle in the box next to all of the ‘true’ statements.

Question 3: You will need to read the source carefully and identify how language has been used to describe the guerrilla.

Although it doesn’t state it in the question, you should comment on the impact of individual words and phrases, language techniques and (only if there is something meaningful to say) sentence forms.

Remember in each paragraph to: statement + quotes + inferences + effect on reader + zoom in + writer’s purpose

The mark scheme

  • Explain the effect of language – What does it make the reader think, feel or imagine?
  • Use evidence – Short and appropriate quotations.  For each of these zoom in on the language – what are the connotations of individual words?
  • Use subject terminology – Be specific.


Writing Homework: Years 9-11 Due Monday 19th February

  1. Slide8


Write a LETTER to the editor of a newspaper  to express your opinion on this issue.

Success Criteria:

  • Written as an formal letter – consider key features
  • Paragraphs – Remember TiPToP
  • Remember: Purpose, Audience and Form
  • Use High Level vocabulary – Including the 5 words
  • Use the raise your Raise your Game Facts and further research (i.e. look up when the women’s 6 nations matches are televised)
  • Make sure it is developed sufficiently considering your structure


  1. In 2007 Wimbledon changed the rules to award the Men’s and Women’s champion the same prize money.
  2. For winning the World Cup, Germany won £23 million. USA, who won the Women’s World Cup, won £1.3 million.
  3. The Tour de France is only for men.
  4. The average attendance to a women’s basketball game is 1517 compared to 12,000 for a men’s game.
  5. Women’s sports attracts 0.5% of all sponsorship deals.

Writing Homework: Years 7-11 – Due Tuesday 30th

Task: Write a description as suggested by this picture.

Video to inspire:

AQA English Language Writing Practice - HW Jan 22Step 1: Generate ideas

To write an effective description, you need to practise using your imagination to create detailed description from the image. To help with this, it can be useful to ask yourself questions about the image.

Annotate the image with your answers to the following questions to help you to start generating ideas for your description:

  • How are people feeling, thinking, feeling in this situation?
  • Think about the senses – what can be seen, heard, smelt, tasted, felt?
  • What could be the central action happening in the image? Or are a few things happening?
  • What can’t you seen in the picture? What else might be happening?

Step 2: Structure it

To structure a description, it can be helpful to imagine a camera moving around the image.

Your writing might…

  • Gradually zoom in or out of the image
  • Pan around different parts of the image
  • Follow the action (in this case you may follow someone preparing to take a go on the slide, having a go and then consider the reaction to the sight of the sharks or the sounds that would greet them when they emerged from the water, for example)

Decide how you will structure your description in four sections and jot down your key ideas below:

1. 2. 3. 4.

Consider how you open your sentences.  Experiment with the following:

  1. a verb ending in ‘ing’
  2. A sentence containing only three words.
  3. A complex sentence
  4. A rhetorical question
  5. Start with an adverb comma –ly,
  6. A sentence will contain a simile
  7. A sentence that starts with an estimation of time – E.g. Seconds later …
  8. A sentence that uses two of the senses.
  9. A sentence that use an exclamation
  10. A sentence that uses dialogue

Now, think about how you will link your sections – your writing needs to work as one whole piece. Add your ideas for links to your plan above.

Finally, check how you have planned to begin and end. Ensure that your whole description will work together. (Tip: a great idea can be to plan to link your ending back to your beginning (this applies with narrative writing too) as this clearly shows the examiner that you have thought about and planned the overall structure of your piece)

Spend no more than 45 minutes writing up your description, remembering the key skills that the examiner will look for. Hand in your completed work to your English teacher.