Our new Year 7 students have settled into their learning beautifully and earlier in the term they took part in a transition project; this saw them writing letters to their primary school teachers. Much to their delight, we’ve had lots of replies from their previous teachers and they’ve enjoyed having these read to them in their English lessons.
Both Year 7 and Year 8 classes are currently studying a novel with titles such as: Cirque du Freak; Iqbal; The Other Side of Truth and Stone Cold. They’ve been exploring the context of the novels and the significance of this.
The English department continues to promote reading across the school and we endorse the idea of every student having a book in their bags at all times. Year 7 and 8 have weekly reading lessons and there are lots of opportunities for them to visit the library to choose books from the wide range on offer. During tutor time on a Thursday, there is also an opportunity to read independently or take part in a literacy style activity – usually linked to the news.
We asked a selection of teachers what they are currently reading and the results were interesting:
Mr Brown: The Good Son by Paul McVeigh
Miss Webster Under A Pole Star by Stef Penney
Mrs Ukahi : Flowers in the attic by Virginia Andrews
Mrs Cosford: The Godfather by Mario Puzo
What are you currently reading? Have a chat with your child about the book they are currently reading?
Can you and your child think of any interesting words that could feature as a future word of the week? If so, please ask your child to speak to Mrs Ukahi in room 10.
The English department would like to welcome Miss Donovan and Miss Fison who have officially joined us after passing their teacher training.
We’d also like to say goodbye to Mrs Collis who, after over 10 years at RPCC, has left us to teach at a local primary school. We’d like to thank her for her hard work in the English department and wish her lots of luck in her new role. We’ve also said goodbye to Miss Woolhouse who has left us to pursue other avenues – including keeping bees. She will also be missed by staff and students.