Category Archives: Sixth Form

Essential learning for Sixth Form GCSE English – due Thursday 25 April

The following Of Mice and Men tasks must be completed in full by Thursday 25 April:

1. A video presentation (head and shoulder shot only) of you discussing whether Curley’s wife is a sympathetic or likeable character.
– You must speak for between three and five minutes without reading from a script.
– Make references to examples and evidence from the text to support the statements you make.
– Root your comments in the context (the historical, economic and social background) of the novel.
– Come to a conclusion – do not be ambivalent, though you may still consider opposing points of view in the main body of your presentation.

2. Complete a detailed character mind-map for each of the following characters: George, Lennie, Candy, Crooks, Curley’s wife, Curley and Slim. The comments in your mind-map must be clear, concise and correct. You must also support every statement you make with at least one piece of evidence from the novel.

3. Complete the mock GCSE exam I will email you separately. It’s a good idea to spend the correct (examination) amount of time on this paper, i.e. 35 minutes. For questions a) and b), you must write three (3) PEE paragraphs and spend ten (10) minutes on each question; for c), you must write four (4) PEE paragraphs and spend fifteen (15) minutes on this question.

Please make sure you have all of the above tasks with you when you come to Thursday’s lesson.

Mr Legowski


Sixth Form English home learning – due Thursday 7 March

Please read Of Mice and Men in its entirety by Thursday’s lesson. It’s only 118 pages so only a couple of hours reading. If you were absent from today’s lesson, please collect a copy from me asap.

Mr Legowski

Sixth Form GCSE English home learning – due Thursday 28 February

Your home learning is to read the exemplar Unit 1 (Writing) text I have emailed you carefully (pp.13 – 15 only) and highlight examples of each the following with a separate colour:

– personal pronouns (e.g. ‘you’ and ‘we’) to include the reader
– rhetorical questions
– exclamations
– sophisticated (out of the ordinary) language
– language that is appropriate to the subject of the writing
– occasional short sentences for impact
– compound and complex sentences
– connectives to link separate points and paragraphs
– the single best sentence in the whole piece (be prepared to explain your choice in Thursday’s lesson!)

The deadline for this task is Thursday 28 February. You’ll need to bring your highlighted copy of the text to our lesson on that day.

Sixth Form GCSE English home learning – due Thursday 31 January

For your home learning, please complete the following activities from the green textbook using the Lollibops and Sundae on the Common texts. Do not write about the texts given in the textbook itself.

1. Identify as many different presentational devices (from the list you were given today) in the two texts above.
2. How do these different presentational devices attract the target audience and help the texts to fulfil their purpose(s)?
3. Complete Activity 3 on p.19 of the textbook using the two texts above.
4. Complete Activity 1(ii) on p.20 focusing on how and why each device has been used.

As the controlled assessment is fast approaching (Thursday 14 February), it is essential that the above exercises are completed to the best of your ability by Thursday 31 January. See me if you have any questions or problems with the above tasks.

Mr Legowski

GCSE Sixth Form English home learning – due Tuesday 15 January

Your home learning task is to take the Band 5 exemplar controlled assessment you were given in the lesson and highlight each one of the following you find:

– every new idea, point or statement made
– every example or specific (not general) reference to part of the the texts
– every time the student then explained the link between the example given and the idea/point/statement previously made
– … and then further development or exploration of the original idea/point/statement
– every comparison or contrast shown between the two texts
– reference to the audience
– reference to the purpose of the texts

It was a well-written and amply rewarded piece of writing and the above activity should help you to see why it was so successful. This assessment should be kept among your lesson notes in preparation for your own controlled assessment.

Sixth Form GCSE English task for Thursday 20 December

Your next Speaking and Listening task is to prepare a performance of Dickens’ Captain Murderer.

In groups of four, you will assign roles and create a suspenseful play based on this short horror tale. You will use a full range of verbal and non-verbal drama techniques to create convincing and complex characters.

You must have learned your lines so that you do not have a script in your hands as you act.

You will perform your play in Thursday’s lesson and you will be marked for Speaking and Listening.

Mr Legowski

Sixth Form GCSE English – Speaking and Listening Evaluation

Your home learning task is as follows: write an evaluation of how well you did in today’s mock exam.

I enjoyed your story-telling in today’s lesson, which will be marked for Speaking and Listening. I would now like you to evaluate your performance.

You should write your evaluation in the comments box below and consider the following points:

  • Using the GCSE marking criteria, give yourself a mark out of 16.
  • What did you do well to prepare for the task?
  • What did you do well when doing the presentation?
  • What do you need to do to improve for the next time you do an individual presentation?
  • What steps you are going to take to achieve that target?

Your evaluation should number between 150 and 200 words, and should be written by Tuesday 18 December.

Mr Legowski

Sixth Form GCSE English home learning – due Thursday 13 December

Your home learning task is to prepare for a Speaking and Listening assessment (individual presentation) on Thursday 13 December.

The task itself is tell the story Captain Murderer (see below) in an engaging way, using a sophisticated repertoire of story-telling strategies. You will tell the story of Captain Murderer, without having access to the story itself (so you have to memorise it!), to the rest of the class and I shall give you a mark for Speaking and Listening.

This task contributes directly to your GCSE, counting towards a total Speaking and Listening allocation of 20% of the GCSE.

Captain Murderer by Charles Dickens (an online copy)

Good Storytelling Tips

Unfortunately, because of time limitations at this time of year, and because we will be moving on to another part of the GCSE after Christmas, this will be your only opportunity to complete this task and secure the valuable GCSE marks.

Mr Legowski