Are you challenging yourself with your reading choices?
Do you use the library to search for books, poems and/ or plays by the writer that you are studying?
Do you read a broadsheet newspaper or listen to the news? Both of these activities will enable you to extend your vocabulary and will prepare you for GCSE
Do you contribute to whole class discussions? To excel you need to be able to formulate questions, respond to and build on the ideas of others
Do you complete 'TIF' tasks that ask you to analyse, synthesise or evaluate? These will help you to develop the writing skills required at GCSE and A Level
Do you use the ‘Green Pen Checklist’ to proof read and correct your work?
Do you always proof read carefully? Do you always submit your best work?
Do you take regular quizzes for Accelerated Reader?
Have you read the books on the recommended reading list?
The English Department are enthusiastic about getting everyone reading and writing. Have you thought about joining 'Sparks' creative writing clubs, the Year 9 Creative Writing club or the KS3 Reading Club?
Key Stage Four:
Do you read a wide range of different text types?
Do you proof read your written work? Coursework tasks and examinations questions require a high level of accuracy
Do you plan?
Do you know how to extend and develop your analysis, using PETAL?
Do you complete past paper questions on google classroom.
Do you refer back to model responses discussed in class?
Do you interrogate the mark scheme so that you know exactly what you need to show?
Do you record and learn new terminology?
Do you wait to be told to make notes, read another chapter or complete another past paper question? Independent learning is vital
Do you contribute to whole class discussions? Being able to articulate and justify a point of view is an important skill
Do you look for cross curricular and subject links? This is a good skill to have.
Do you participate in the extra-curricular opportunities on offer?
Have you spoken to your English teacher about studying English at A Level?