English - Work for Absence

Key Stage 3 (All Years from 7 to 9)

If you are absent from school, your first course of action should be to contact your English teacher by email to ask if there is any work that they can send you to complete at home; this will enable you to keep up with the work being carried out in class.
The following are further suggestions for work in English. You do not have to do all the tasks; select according to your interest and ability.

1. Reading (7, 8 and 9)

Read on in the class reading text and/or read your own/library book (part of the WRAP programme). For improving vocabulary and language, there is no substitute for reading.You could also write a review of the book which can then be entered onto the library system on your return to school.

2. Research Online

Select one of the following (read only – do not copy anything out):

Year 7

  1. William Shakespeare: Research and read about the Elizabethan Theatre. Also, research and read notes on: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  2. Autobiography: Use the internet to find and read autobiographical writing/extracts from different sorts of people and time periods.
  3. Find and study a selection of animal poetry; have a go at writing your own.

Year 8

  1. William Shakespeare: research and read notes on either ‘Twelfth Night’ or ‘The Tempest’.
  2. Persuasive speeches: Use the internet to research famous persuasive speeches, when they were written and why.
  3. Find and study a range of literary Ballads: e.g. The Lady of Shallot, The Highwayman, The Pied Piper, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Year 9

  1. William Shakespeare: Research and read notes on ‘Macbeth’.
  2. Travel Writing: Use the internet to read different forms of travel writing including travel blogs.
  3. Find and study a range of war poetry.

3. Skills (7, 8 and 9)

All year groups should access grammar games online through Google (i.e. Grammar Blast). Select the skill and level accordingly. Examples: vocabulary / punctuation / verb-noun agreements / sentence structure / clauses / adjectives and adverbs / idioms... There are literally thousands of games, all of which are useful because they give instant results and feedback. The BBC Bitesize website (KS3 English area) also has some useful sections on reading and writing skills.

4. Writing (7, 8 and 9)

If you are were working on a writing task when you became unable to attend college, continue to draft, check and write the final version. Email it to your teacher.

Then, invent an independent task, based on either a book / poem you have read or on your recent research. You may decide to write:

  1. a letter or diary entry from the point of view of a character.
  2. a newspaper report based on an event in a novel/play.
  3. a book review and cover design for a book you have enjoyed.
  4. a ballad/poem/short story in the style of a writer you like
  5. a poem on a theme you have studied.
  6. a cartoon strip of the story/poem.


  1. an advertising brochure on a hobby you enjoy.
  2. a letter to a newspaper giving your views on a topical issue (eating meat / killing animals for fur / vivisection (look it up!) / zoos / fast food / safety on the roads / nuclear weapons / respecting the environment... or any other of your choice.

5. Listening and observation (7, 8 and 9)

Access the BBC iPlayer and go to Channel 7 (you will also find a limited number on Channel 4). Select the category: 'Drama'. Listen to a play/series/serial or book reading which appeals to you. This is an excellent way to improve both your listening skills and your knowledge.