Comparing Poems Effectively

The poetry examinations for GCSE English Literature rely on the student being able to compare poems effectively, but this is a skill that is not always easy to achieve. It can feel very overwhelming, especially to students who are struggling to understand and analyse one poem, let alone two. So where do you begin?  Differences,Continue reading “Comparing Poems Effectively”

Five Key Elements of The Detective Story

This half term, The Writer’s Club will be exploring the Detective Story. This genre is so much fun, both to read and to write, but there are rules to follow in order to make the story work. Here are the five key elements that detective story writers follow.   The Detective The detective is obviously centralContinue reading “Five Key Elements of The Detective Story”

Jekyll and Hyde – What lies beneath

Jekyll and Hyde is a very common choice for GCSE English Literature, but it is not an easy text to study. It explores some complex ideas about the human psyche, and also requires students to get to grips with psychoanalysis as well. Having said that, students often engage well with the mystery of the text,Continue reading “Jekyll and Hyde – What lies beneath”

Reading Between the Lines: An Inspector Calls

It is the almost universal choice for the Post-1914 option in English Literature, and students normally enjoy unravelling the mystery and getting to the heart of injustices that led to the suicide of Eva Smith. Students do well with the play, but sometimes they struggle to engage with some of its complexities, and this preventsContinue reading “Reading Between the Lines: An Inspector Calls”

So what happens now?

As we enter another week of home schooling and online lessons, Year Eleven and Year Thirteen continue to plough on in uncertainty, not quite sure of exactly what they are now working towards. We know that examinations are definitely being replaced by teacher assessments, but we are still not sure what the requirements/deadlines for thisContinue reading “So what happens now?”

Five quick ways to help your child with English home learning

In the last lockdown, the overwhelming consensus seemed to be that students were not getting enough work sent home, and teenagers were either not doing anything, or struggling to continue their studies on their own. This time around, the issues seem to be to do with overload and overwhelm. Schools are terrified of being accusedContinue reading “Five quick ways to help your child with English home learning”