Friday, 22 September 2017

Where's Wally?

After watching and making question tags to Four Rooms (which they have to finish for homework) everyone took part in finding out new vocabulary using the Where's Wally laminated cards. Well done to the winning team.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Passing PET students

Better late than never, students who passed the PET examination at the end of term 2 received their certificates last week. Chocolates were also handed out to the students with top marks and most improved. Congratulations to all and good luck in Set 2 English and Year 10 ESL.

Friday, 19 May 2017

A visit by Carol Vorderman

Year 8 and 9 PET testing their English skills to an episode of Countdown with the wonderful Carol Vorderman. The students really enjoy the Countdown theme tune. However, Mr Berry found the maths questions just a bit too challenging!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

ELS exam results - Term 2

March 30th saw the release of the ELS examination results. This term, we only had PET students. Out of fourteen students, eight passed and the other six all improved. Well done to everyone! Here's a video showing student reactions to their scores.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Peer teaching in progress

Research has shown that students learn effectively from 'more capable peers' (Vygotsky, 1978, p. 86). This philosophy was used very effectively by Mr Berry in his Year 7 and 8 PET class, where the Year 8 students taught their Year 7 peers how to answer Part 5 of the PET Reading and Writing examination. The picture below shows the students in action.

References: Vygotsky, L. S. 1978. Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. Cambridge, Mass. & London: Harvard University Press.

Monday, 27 March 2017

iGCSE ESL oral examinations over for another year!

After a tough three days of testing, the iGCSE ESL (English as a Second Language) oral examinations are over for another year! Students from Year 11 Sets 2 and 3 and Year 9 Set 1 sat the examinations, which this year were performed by Mr Berry and Mr Dowling. All students did really well, which is a testimony to the hard work put in by both students and teachers (Ms Smith as well). Well done to everyone!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Butter wouldn't melt in their mouths!

The bread and butter of the ELS department, that is the Year 10 and Year 11 ESL students, tried their hand at butter scultping. Perhaps the results can be used to butter up their teachers! Anyway, they now all have an excuse when they perform badly in PE..."Sorry Ms Longstaffe. I have butter fingers!"

Top homework!

One of our Year 7 PET students did a fantastic job with her Ben Nevis homework. Here she is displaying the work and the wonderful box of chocolates as the well-deserved reward.

Anyone for Focaccia?

Here are the Year 9 PET students learning through doing. They learnt lots of new words, for example, coarse, sprinkle, mature and knead, while turning out some delicious focaccia.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Christmas listening exam

To get students into the festive spirit, and to add a little motivation to practice listening exams, Mr Berry awarded prizes of chocolates to students who did well in the Christmas listening exam. The picture below shows the Year 11 ESL class enjoying the fruits of their labour!

Using Monopoly to learn through doing

Both KET and PET students had great fun using Monopoly to learn through doing. Not only did they learn some useful English words, they also showed some great entrepreneurial skills. Maybe there are a few budding Donald Trumps at GIS.