Impromptu Debates: reflections and tips for success

Next week, two debating teams from Year 8 and Year 9 Excellence Academy will take part in the Up For Debate regional championships in London. These six students will face a demanding day, partaking in two prepared parliamentary-style debates and one ‘impromptu debate.’ This third event will be the focus of this blog post. So… Continue reading Impromptu Debates: reflections and tips for success

English enrichment: Freytag’s Dramatic Structure

  Last week, the Excellence Academy students learnt about Gustav Freytag’s five-act dramatic structure and used this to plan their own stories. After learning about the key structural elements of Freytag’s pyramid (Exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), I then took the students through Shakespeare’s Macbeth and demonstrated how it fits the… Continue reading English enrichment: Freytag’s Dramatic Structure