Literacy work in Year 9 at Lansdowne School is currently focussed on reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. This is a very challenging story that requires the students to think about human relationships and friendships.
Questions are constantly asked as we work through the book with our reading. This helps the pupils to think about how the main characters might be feeling as the story develops.
Year 7 are reading a chapter at a time, and then carrying out plenty of table work to help reinforce the knowledge about the characters and the plot. Some of this work has involved the students sorting different events from the story into the correct sequence.
Other written work has involved the pupils writing letters whilst taking on the role of one of the characters from the book. Character profiles and comprehension exercises based on the book have also been produced.
Drama is also used heavily as part of this learning. A scene summary from the book is presented to the pupils. They then go away and rehearse in small groups how this scene might develop. A short performance then concludes these sessions.
This is also a great way to help improve the self-confidence for the students. We have been talking in class about what it means to be a good audience member, and to respect the performances of our fellow class friends.