What's On?

One of the good things to come from the current lockdown situation is the number of arts events and activities which have been made available for free.  

Here's a round-up of the broadcasts available now which are particularly suited to GCSE students.

Follow the links below for close studies of a variety of texts.  This is a really helpful series for students studying English Language where they are required to analyse language use.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p02z7tz3   - Regeneration by Pat Barker

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p02w3xg8 - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p03yjbq3 - Beloved by Toni Morrison

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0801v6l - Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

The BBC have a number of 'Introductions' to texts, including ones on the gcse syllabuses.  Here is a selection:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08bd0g4 Jekyll and Hyde

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08cschv  Jane Eyre

On Youtube, watch:

Shakespeare's Globe's 2020 Macbeth performance: https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/learn/secondary-schools/playing-shakespeare-with-deutsche-bank/macbeth-2020-playing-shakespeare/  Only available until schools reopen

This is an old clip but it's a brilliant analysis of Macbeth's 'Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow' speech by Ian McKellen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGbZCgHQ9m8

And, as part of Greg Jenner's short History broadcasts, here is a 15 minute description of the life of Charles Dickens for those of you who need to talk about context in relation to A Christmas Carol

For younger readers, J K Rowling is currently publishing a new novel, called The Ickabog, and  published in instalments via this website https://www.theickabog.com/read-the-story/

Coronavirus-friendly arrangements for face-to-face lessons


From the beginning of September, face-to-face lessons will be available for those students who would like them, although on-line lessons can continue if that is your preferred option. 


To keep everyone safe, the following arrangements will be in place:

  • Thorough cleaning of working area between students’ lessons.

  • A plastic table-top cover for easier cleaning.

  • Any equipment, eg. special pens, dice, scissors to be sanitised before use

  • Photocopied materials to be in plastic sleeves wherever possible to enable cleaning

  • Tissues and sanitiser will be available.

  • Conversations between teacher and parents when dropping off or picking up, to take place outside.

  • Written work to be completed on laptop/ipad via google docs to avoid use of paper and proximity of teacher and student

  • 1m distance between teacher and student to be maintained

  • 10 mins between lessons to avoid students and parents meeting and to allow time to aerate the room


Students need to remember:

  • To bring their own stationery

  • To bring a laptop or ipad with an email address linked to google docs

  • To bring their own copy of their reading book

  • A bottle of water

Lessons in pupils’ homes

  • Teacher to provide own tea/coffee/water/sanitiser/disinfectant wipes

  • Written work to be completed on students’ own ipad or laptop using googledocs

  • Where practicable, photocopied sheets will be in plastic wallets to allow for easier cleaning

  • Work area to allow for easy cleaning, 1m distancing and ventilation


Finally, lessons can easily be swapped to on-line format if anyone in the students’ or teacher’s family experiences covid-like symptoms, or is asked to self-isolate.