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Below, are the current Stretch & Challenge activities for English.
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Year 7 – Stories and poetry from Around the World


Task One: Imagine that you live in part of Australia that has been ravaged by fires. Write a short story or a poem that describes this event and this experience. This story needs to be one that will be passed on through generations. Students may have to complete research about these fires and the impact that they had.

Task Two: Students research the following poets:
• Chinua Acebe
• Sujata Bhatt
• Grace Nichols
For each of the poets, they need to focus their research on the significance of their poems – what did they write about and why did they write their poetry. They need to research the impact that their poems had on people and also what was happening in their society at the time for them to write about all they did. Students then need to write a letter to the poet they have researched which thanks them for their work and poetry.


Task Three: Students need to put together a picture book of Aesop’s Fables that can be used in Primary schools for children to read out/ work together in groups. The book needs to be suitable for younger children – images and simple re-telling of fables. They can also add their own understanding of each fable and design questions for the students to consider when they read these fables.

General Writing Tasks: Students need to research sonnets: what structure do they use? What themes do they discuss? They then need to write a sonnet that links to the poet/short story/topic that they are studying in Year 7.


Year 8 – Shakespeare’s comedies


Task One: Students can use the websites below to understand the story of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ or ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as a play and what makes it a play. It is important when they write about the plays that they understand what makes it a play and also have some understanding of what it looks like being performed on the stage, rather than read in classrooms.
https://www.rsc.org.uk/much-ado-about-nothing/
https://www.rsc.org.uk/a-midsummer-nights-dream/

Task Two: Imagine you have discovered a hidden Shakespeare play – a comedy. Design your own advertising campaign (poster, trailer, speech) that will aim to sell a this newly discovered Shakespeare comedy. Consider all you know about Shakespearean comedies and explain what happens in this play and how you could sell it to a modern audience.

Task Three: It is important that students can confidently write about the context of the plays and how the context can influence the meaning and ideas in the play. With this is mind, students need to visit the following website: https://www.bl.uk/shakespeare/themes/context and search/read and comment on the variety of articles that discuss the context of the plays. They need to respond to each article they read by writing a short paragraph where they can link context to the ideas and themes in the plays they are studying.

General Writing Tasks: Students need to research sonnets: what structure do they use? What themes do they discuss? They then need to write a sonnet that links to the play that they are studying in Year 8.


Year 9 – ‘Romeo and Juliet’


Task One: Students need to be able to respond critically to the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and adapt a critical voice to their essay responses. In order to do this, students need to read critical essays and adopt a similar voice to the essays they read. Students can use the ‘Aim Higher’ booklet to read the critical essays and then use the style in their own writing. They can also incorporate ideas from the articles in their own responses.


Task Two: Students can use the website: https://www.rsc.org.uk/romeo-and-juliet/ to read/watch and understand the story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as a play and what makes it a play. It is important when they write about the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ that they understand what makes it a play and also have some understanding of what it looks like being performed on the stage, rather than read in classrooms.

General Writing Tasks: Students need to research sonnets: what structure do they use? What themes do they discuss? They then need to write a sonnet that links to the play that they are studying in Year 9.