Year 11 – Magazine Article

Hellooo. Here are the powerpoints from today’s lesson:

WJEC English Language Writing Paper

Writing Magazine Articles

Also, below is the magazine article we began writing today. The task was taken from the 2011 English Language paper:

Write a lively article for your school or college magazine with the title: ‘How To Survive Your GCSE Year’.

(How timely.)

Remember to PALL before you start, and structure your article using subheadings. Below is the beginning. Please hand in your completed article next Wednesday.


It’s nearly that time of year again! Exam season is almost upon us. Feeling stressed? Read on for some top tips on surviving the stress…

By Ella Coady-Bunge


You’ve probably heard it from teachers, parents and (if you’re really unlucky,) older siblings: Year 11 is the time to ‘get serious’ about your studies and ‘knuckle down’. Time is ticking and there are only X number of days left until study leave. Your heart starts thundering; you feel a rising tide of nausea in the pit of your stomach; Mr. Robertson is waiting outside your form room to find out why you weren’t at your lunchtime intervention session. It can feel overwhelming and you may be tempted to bury your head in the sand. Unfortunately, you can’t, and the sooner you accept that, the better. Ladies, it’s time to get serious.


Managing your time is going to be an essential part of your survival. There are some excellent websites online that offer tools to help you organise your hectic life. Try and to get you going. Make a list of all the topics you need to revise (I’m a sucker for a colour code!) and allocate them to the various slots of time on your calendar. You’ll probably find you’ve got more time than you realise! Use leftover time to plan FUN things to ease the tension. All work and no play can leave your feeling pretty down in the dumps…

A pile of books and a cup of coffee.
A pile of books and a cup of coffee.

A2 Homework: Elements of the Pastoral: As You Like It (Act One)

Hello Upper Sixth!

Your homework is this:

In ways does Shakespeare establish the differences between the court and country in Act One of As You Like It?

In your answer you might consider:

Orlando’s opening soliloquy – how does Shakespeare use it to create binary oppositions between the court and country?

Characters who represent the court – Oliver, Duke Frederick, Monsieur Le Beau… What are the qualities of courtly life that are suggested by these characters?

Moments where country living seems to be over-sentimentalised – how does Shakespeare use language to gently mock that which is ‘pastoral’? (Ref. Gifford?)

The theme of Nature vs. Nurture – which has the greater influence? Consider the discussion between Celia and Rosalind in scene 2, as well as Oliver, Duke Frederick and M. Le Beau’s comments on this topic.

* Celia and Rosalind’s preparations for the journey at the end of scene 3 – In what ways will they take the ‘court’ with them? (Think beyond the literal.)

Due: Friday 23rd January