Year 7 Transition

The first two weeks in English were dedicated to supporting our Year 7 students as they settle into life at PGHS. All students have been looking at Writing to Advise and Autobiographical Writing with the help of Mr Burton from Educating Yorkshire. We have looked at the brilliant advice Mr Burton gives in his book Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide and taken on board his ideas about embracing who you are. Using this, students have then reflected on their own start to PGHS and produced their own advice guide. Students have also explored autobiographical writing, again looking at Mr Burton’s reflection on his own first day at high school. The Transition Unit was brought to a close with each student writing an autobiographical account of the key moments of their first 2 weeks at PGHS.

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

Bedrock Competition

As part of our English curriculum at KS3, all students have a Bedrock account and are expected to engage in Bedrock weekly as part of their homework. Students are targeted to achieve 20 points each week. Points are achieved when students are making progress and this has a positive impact across the curriculum as Bedrock covers all curriculum subjects. In addition to developing vocabulary, Bedrock has also launched a grammar programme which is designed to support students in their understanding and application of the rules of English grammar. Students can use either the vocabulary programme or the grammar programme to collect their points – we recommend a combination of the two.

Each month, the English class in year 7, year 8 and year 9 who achieve the most points will be rewarded with an early lunch – beating the queues and getting the best seats in the dining room!

If you’d like to read a little more about how Bedrock works, then simply follow the link: https://bedrocklearning.org/what-is-bedrock-learning/how-does-it-work/ And, if you’d like to be able to monitor your child’s Bedrock activity and progress, please click the link below to view the ‘Parents Guide to Bedrock’. Your child will need to ask their English teacher for their ‘access code’.

Parents’ Guide to Using Bedrock at Home.

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

Parents’ Guide to Using Bedrock at Home

English and History London Trip 2022

On Friday 15th July, 39 Year 10 students boarded the coach at 6:30am to head to the big city, along with myself (Mrs Snowdon), Mrs McGibbon, Mrs Arrowsmith, Mr Herbert and Mr Bretherton. By late lunchtime we hope to have arrived in Covent Garden, where students (and staff) will indulge in a little bit of shopping, while also being treated to some impressive street theatre. Students will no doubt make the most of their few hours shopping, and return with bags full of goodies. We will then proceed to fill our boots at the Pizza Hut buffet on The Strand, before heading to the West End to watch the dazzling musical & Juliet. Students will then be treated to a late-night drive through the city, to take in all the sights, as we make our way to the hotel.

It will be an early rise the following morning to once again engage in yet another ‘all you can eat buffet’ for breakfast before we head back into the city for a day of culture on the South Bank. Students will enjoy late morning tours of The Globe Theatre (ideal for our Literature Lovers and Historians), learning all about the realities of Elizabethan theatre. Students will then be treated to a phenomenal performance of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company before heading out to soak up the sights of the South Bank.

We will finally arrive home as Saturday night blends into Sunday morning. Many thanks to the staff who helped make this event happen, including those who have accompanied us and those back in school, working tirelessly behind the scenes.

Mrs Deborah Snowdon

Head of English

Bedrock

The last time I wrote for the Newsletter, I challenged students to try to push themselves to achieve more than 1000 points by the end of the academic year. We now have 36 students who have achieved more than a 1000 points and we’ve still a few weeks to go! The top 10 Bedrockers across KS3 are:

  • Jenna K (SIB) 2296 
  • Erika J (HMC) 1947 
  • Mia S (CWO) 1641
  • Ruby W (DSN) 1595
  • Hattie C (MOL) 1475
  • Hadia M (CWO) 1469
  • Erica C (CWO) 1430L
  • Lois W (DSN) 1427
  • Claudia B (SIB) 1414
  • Chloe W (GST) 1378

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

Year 8 Macbeth

Year 8 have been studying a range of powerful and resilient female figures in English Literature. These include fictional characters from 19th century fiction and 20th century fiction, as well as the poet Maya Angelou. We have now moved on to studying Lady Macbeth and the students have been exploring her character traits and how Shakespeare presents her as a powerful woman. Here are some examples of their work:

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

Year 7 – Norse Mythology

Year 7 have been studying Norse Mythology as part of their unit of work on Myths and the History of the English Language. Mrs Snowdon’s English group were challenged to complete research on some key characters and develop detailed character studies. Here are some examples of their work:

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

Bedrock Leader Board

Each week, we challenge our KS3 students to achieve a minimum of 20 points on Bedrock. Engagement at this level will enhance their knowledge of vocabulary and English grammar. Since September, there are 2 students in the whole of KS3 who have exceeded 1000 points, which is a phenomenal achievement! We challenge all students to break the 1000 point threshold by the Summer holidays – will you be on this list?

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

Year 7 Greek Mythology

This term, Year 7 are learning about Greek Mythology before they go on to learn about the history of the English language. So far, students have Pandora’s Box and the story of Icarus. As part of their study, they have been exploring whether these myths are Historical Myths, Aetiological Myths or Psychological Myths. If your daughter is in Year 7, why not ask them to define these different types of myths. And if you have a ‘Pandora’ fan in your Year 7 daughter, ask them to explain why ‘Pandora’ is a perfectly chosen name for the retail brand.

This week, Mrs Snowdon’s English class have submitted fact-files for an in-class competition based on their own research of Greek Gods. There has been some super pieces of work completed for homework. The three winning entries are from: Niamh P, Hannah N and Sarah M.

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
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  • SMART
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  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider