Mr Benn and the Anatomy of Extended Writing

  Me and Mr Benn I was born in 1975, and the cult children’s animation Mr Benn was part of my childhood. I must have watched re-runs, since the only series made (which consisted of a paltry 13 episodes) was first aired in 1971. For the uninitiated, Mr Benn employed a recurring plot sequence. TheContinue reading “Mr Benn and the Anatomy of Extended Writing”

The Elements of Language: what we are using in place of levels

In my last post I blogged about our department’s plans for a new KS3 English curriculum, which we are looking to phase in gradually starting this coming September. This curriculum change is part of a wider set of reforms, in part a response to the shifting national picture, but in the main the result ofContinue reading “The Elements of Language: what we are using in place of levels”

Now is the time for English curriculum redesign

This post is about the draft of our new KS3 English curriculum and the rationale behind its construction. My next post will explain how this curriculum fits in with the method of assessment we have devised to replace the largely ineffectual SATS levels. It will effectively form the third part of my series about theContinue reading “Now is the time for English curriculum redesign”

Language Across the Curriculum part II: what are the priorities?

In my last blog I tried to flesh out some of the reasons for many teachers’ lack of confidence with all things language – the ‘elephant in the room’ identified by @englishlulu here: http://wp.me/p2BKE4-3Q. I then tried to suggest how a persuasive argument could be constructed that encourages teachers and support staff to make aContinue reading “Language Across the Curriculum part II: what are the priorities?”

Language Across The Curriculum – Part I: Building the Argument

I’ve just read this very good blog wp.me/p3xVUK-f1 by @englishlulu. It highlights for me what is one of the biggest barriers to raising standards of literacy in our schools: teachers’ own lack of confidence with literacy, or rather ‘language’ as I think it can be more helpfully termed. By standards here I don’t mean betterContinue reading “Language Across The Curriculum – Part I: Building the Argument”