English


KS3 (Year 8 & 9 Summer Holiday Homework)

Persuasive writing task:

Choose ONE of the following statements and write an article for the school magazine in which you present your point of view on your chosen topic. Your purpose is to persuade your reader to agree with your point of view.

  1. ‘Online learning is far more effective than learning in a traditional classroom; it improves pupils’ independence, frees them from distractions and is far more enjoyable.’
  2. ‘All actual sports are unnecessary. People can be just as competitive by playing virtually, gaming on their consoles, or keeping fit through virtual keep-fit classes and apps.’
  3. ‘We have all been confined to our houses in this country for months, so we should spend our summer holidays abroad, enjoying different sights and experiences.’
  4. ‘Young people should have a daily limit on internet usage to encourage them towards better mental health away from social media and to teach them better self- control.’

Aim for 2 sides of A4 paper.

Aim to include the following techniques:
• Interesting verbs
• Interesting adverbs
• Imaginative similes
• Interesting adjectives
• Original metaphors
• Personification
• Zoomorphism
• An anecdote
• A fact
• An opinion
• A repeated word or phrase
• Emotive language
• A tricolon
• A one sentence paragraph for effect
• A variety of sentence starters
• A colon
• A semi-colon
• Brackets
• A cyclical structure

Upon your return to school, your writing will be discussed amongst your English teachers and the best pieces of work will be presented to Dr Harris and his Senior Leadership Team to choose their favourite. This will be then be published in our school newsletter: ‘The Stratton Siren’ – news to shout about!


KS4 (Year 10 Summer Holiday Homework)

Please could you complete the following tasks over the summer break, so that you are as fully prepared as possible for resuming your studies in the new academic year.

  1. Complete the home learning pack for the poem ‘The Emigree’
  2. Re-read the play ‘An Inspector Calls’
  3. Complete the Seneca course on this play
  4. Re-read the novella ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’
  5. Complete the Seneca course on this book

Upon your return to school, you will be asked to discuss the key themes, characters and plot developments within ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and within ‘An Inspector Calls’ with your teacher and your peers. Make yourself notes on these as you re-read the texts, to prepare for these forthcoming discussions.

Looking forward to seeing you all back at school and have a good summer!


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