Writing Challenge is an intervention that is run by members of the English Department. Its aim is to help identified Year 7 and 8 pupils to reach their target grades in English, through extra tuition during form-time. The pupils are invited to attend the small focus group on a weekly basis for half a term, where they complete a short writing task each session. These tasks are based on a particular purpose and style of writing, for example, writing a speech in which you persuade or writing a letter in which you advise.
The small group sessions with individual attention, support and guidance builds confidence in the students. The quiet environment in which the pupils work enhances focus and concentration. Positive feedback at each session allows each child to feel valued, to feel proud of their work and to receive specific guidance on how to achieve their goals.
This year alone we have worked with a total of 135 students and of these students 84% have made progress in English.
Chapter and Chatter
Chapter and Chatter is a book club for KS3 Gifted and Talented pupils; it is held after school every fortnight. The aim of the club is to encourage students to read, think and talk about books, which may be fiction or non-fiction. The students are involved in the choice of book, discussions about the themes of the book and other activities related to the chosen genre. As well as developing advanced reading and comprehension skills, this involves the pupils in speaking and listening activities. All of these skills will benefit them not only in their English Language and Literature GCSEs, but also in coursework and examinations across the curriculum. But the main aim is – reading for enjoyment! Listen to what our students have to say about it:
Victoria Year 8
I think Chapter and Chatter is a good idea because you can recommend books. Also, I think it is a good way to find out things about books.
Lara Year 8
Chapter and Chatter is great. I like reading chapters and I like chattering. You also get a snack and a drink. You get to read books that you may not have read before. You don’t stop laughing the whole way!
Samuel Year 9
I love to read
Lewis Year 8
I like exploring new books, especially the ones that have my favourite genres. Example: Icefire.
Chapter and Chatter also gives me the chance to improve my English and help my imagination expand.
Kiri Year 9
I like book club because I get a chance to talk about books I have no chance anywhere else. I also like it because I get recommended books which I usually enjoy!
Jonathan Year 9
I like sharing opinions of the same book and seeing what other people think.