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English

Dystopian Fiction

 

This term KS3 have made an excellent start to Dystopian Fiction. We have been analysing a variety of texts dating all the way back to 1948 to understand what makes text dystopian. So far we have read:

 

  • The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, 1948
  • 1984, George Orwell, 1949
  • The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, 2008

 

Together we have held many class discussions around dystopian conventions, the qualities of a protagonist and the language used to set the scene of a frightening and dehumanised society. We are working towards writing our own short stories set within a dystopian world. We will be designing our own characters, logos, propaganda and settings drawing upon our knowledge so far.

This term in English our topic has been 'All About Me', which has comprised of our pupils thinking about what inspires, motivates and drives them to be the very best possible version of themselves. To start with, our class decided to look at people who we look up to, are successful in their chosen field and are people that, one day, we might like to emulate. Needless to say, Mr Wright and Miss Light had not heard of all of the wondrous people that our class chose so were keen to learn more. We now know all there is to know about Vannoss Gaming, Zach King, Eden Hazard and Chef Gordon Ramsay. 

 

Pupils were given the task to research one person and present their findings using visual aids to the rest of the class, before receiving constructive and critical feedback before performing a final presentation to showcase what they had learnt. My goodness, we had some strong performances and personalities that made the most trivial facts seem amazing and magnificent. 

 

After looking at other people and writing a biography of their life and accomplishments we decided to look inwards and begin writing autobiographies. We are currently working on our first draft of these in class and will be publishing these through a variety of mediums, so stay tuned to our class page to see exactly what we've been up to!

Who doesn't love Roald Dahl? Well not us, that's for sure! We decided that one day wasn't nearly enough time to celebrate the superb storyteller's life and achievements so we decided to have Roald Dahl month. We read The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and some Revolting Rhymes and watched the on screen adaptations of Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We've had an absolute blast and have managed to learn an awful lot about storytelling in the process. 
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