Year 10 Revision Stuff

Hey, here is the revision sheet that was given out at parents’ evening for the year 10 exam.


Also some pupils were wanting my C/B grade list of Language devices (A Harmless Rime).  So here they are


A lliteration


H umour

A djectives and adverbs

R hetorical question

M etaphor

L ist of three

E xaggeration

S imilie

S tatistics


R epetition

I mperative verbs

M odal verbs

E xpert opinion and emotive language




History & English Join Forces

I was lucky enough to be in a brilliant year 8 History lesson, looking at the Industrial Revolution.  Here are the four best diary entries from the class:


Adam Barlow

Feb 7th 1831

We are here, finally. We survived the horrific boat trip from Ireland unlike Timmy and his parents. There is a factory that is looking for work so that shouldn’t be a problem but I have heard stories, terrible ones. Many people say that the factories are horrific: long days, dust filled rooms, some have even said that the overseers will do anything to get you to work faster, they will even put a nail through your ear.

Feb 10th 1831

I have been working in the factory for only 2 days and I am beginning to think that the rumours were spread by overseers to make the place seem better. This is hell! The skin of my fingers is almost gone and I am aching all over. Why did I come here?


Matthew Wheelton

 December 24th 1823

My hands shivered as I once again had to endure an icy blast of wind; the woolly jacket that was once my father’s is the only thing keeping me alive at this moment in time. I again heard a wail from my 5 day old sister, who I saw was wrapped in our one blanket, and walked over lifting her softly, sitting down on our wooden stool and delicately placing her into my lap. As she buried her tiny head into the soft blanket I saw her smile at me, we had named her ‘Hope’ because after my father died we lost hope and was drowned even deeper into poverty. The day she was born was the best and worst of my life because that was also the day my mother died.

I want to start a new life in America and plan to fulfil my mother’s dream.


Ben 8S4

 January 1837

The nights were freezing here. We sleep in rows but tonight we are huddling together like penguins in the pole. I try to sleep, but the echoing of the dirty water, dripping from the metallic pipes above is keeping me conscious. My legs are still throbbing with pain from yesterday’s shift. I’m not allowed to write my diary during working hours, or I get the cane. I hear the sounds of the new arrivals below the thin floor I rest on, manipulated to do hard labour.

 January 21st 1837

Just had my lunch. Awful. It seems the only thing properly living is the Bolognese. I hear kids manning the machines on night hours. I think of mother every day. If only I could see her one more time but the raging waves and dreadful conditions on the journey to Manhattan from Ireland, took her away.


Addison Kennedy

December 26th 1824

Christmas passed by slowly. No food. No presents. The murmur and shivers were all that could be heard. A few blocks down Me and my broken family could hear the joyous sound of carols and laughter. A long day at the mill longly awaits me! Two hours work is enough to break the strongest man. I’ve lost brothers and sisters to the sinister, man eating machines. Small children wait outside houses for the smallest ration of food. Family members come home with deep cuts and aching bruises and sob for hours on end whilst the overseers and owners give no sign of remorse or emotion. I’ve only been in America for 2 months but it feels like a lifetime, the food passes by in seconds, every day is the same. The journey to here took 22 days from Ireland. I was one of the lucky few who did.

I came here expecting to be given a world of opportunities but I was given a mattress and 12 hours of hell a day. My pay is only $1.55 a day which to my family is the King’s riches. One day, maybe I will be given a second chance in this country of broken hopes and dreams.


‘Of Mice and Men’ – top 20 quotes


So, my year 11, I promised I would choose my own top 20 quotes and here they are. PLEASE post your own suggestions if you think we should swap any.

1. Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water…
2. “An’ live off the fatta the lan'” (Lennie & George)
3. “…the stable buck’s a nigger” (Candy)
4. “Curley’s like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys.” (Candy)
5. “Well I think Curley’s married….a tart.” (Candy)
6. ….for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.
7. Her voice had a nasal brittle quality.
8. ….he moved with a majesty only achieved by royalty and master craftsmen
9. … his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.
10. George’s voice was taking on the tone of confession.
11. …California civil code for 1905.
12. Crooks was a proud, aloof man. He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs.
13. Crooks’ face lighted with pleasure in his torture.
14. “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody…. a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” (Crooks)
15. “… a bunch of bindle stiffs – a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheep-” (Curley’s wife)
16. Crooks had reduced himself to nothing.
17. …her body flopped like a fish.
18. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young.
19. “You hadda, George. I swear you hadda.” (Slim)
20. “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys.” (Carlson)

Moon Warriors

Year 8 are doing poetry from other cultures, and one of them is written by the Fang Tribe of Africa (


The fearful night sinks
Trembling into the depth
Before your lightning eye
And the rapid arrows
From your fiery quiver.
With sparkling blows of light
your tear her cloak
the black cloak lined with fire
and studded with gleaming stars-
with sparkling blows of light
you tear the black cloak.


My students have been writing their own poems, where the night is the warrior, and then their models. Here is one of Jon James Ashcroft’s:

Moon Warrior

An Inspector Calls – Key Quotes


So…. my year 9 and I think that these are the best 20 quotes for ‘An Inspector Calls’.  We hope that the list covers all the key characters, themes, dramatic devices.  Are we wrong?!  We’ve not enough Gerald and too much Birling maybe??? Post your thoughts.


1. “portentous” “provincial” “heavy-looking” (Stage directions describing Mr Birling)

2. “You’ll have to get used to it, just as I had to.”  (Mrs Birling)

3. “fiddlesticks” (Mr Birling)

4. “Sharp ring” (Stage directions as Inspector arrives)

5. “These girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people” (Sheila)


6. “I think Miss Birling ought to be excused from anymore questionning. ” (Gerald)

7. “Massively taking charge.” (Stage directions about the Inspector)

8.  “If there’s nothing else we’ll have to share our guilt.” (Inspector)

9. “Quite out of key.” (Stage directions describing Mrs Birling)

10. “Young ones” (Inspector) “child” (Mrs Birling)

11. “I suppose it was inevitable. She was young and pretty and warm-hearted – and intensely grateful.” (Gerald)

12. “Public men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges.” (Inspector)

13. “A girl of that sort.” (Mrs Birling)

14. “Terrified.” “Thunderstruck.” “Agitated.” (Stage directions describing Mr and Mrs Birling.)


15. “You killed them both” (Eric)

16. “there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths.” (Inspector)

17. “they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.” (Inspector)

18. “Socialist or some sort of crank.” (Mr Birling)

19. “I did what I did.  And mother did what she did.  And the rest of you did what you did.” (Eric)

20. “A girl has just died”  (Mr Birling)


Year 11 Revision – Pasties & Poetry Night

Postcard_FrontThank you so much to all those parents that braved the rain and made it to our English Revision Launch night at Turton.  The Power Point presentation, Master Class timetable and the revision packs are attached here, in case you need a copy.


*NOTE: error on English Literature pack – date for first exam is MONDAY 18th May (not Friday 18th May as stated.) Apologies for the error.

Pasties & Poetry Presentation

Master Classes – GCSE

GCSE – English Language Revision Pack

GCSE – English Literature Revision Pack