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

Rotary Youth Speaks regional semi-final

On 8th February, three Excellence Academy students represented the school at the Rotary Youth Speaks regional semi-final. The students, Mridul, Shaheer and Jess made their presentations on the topic of Should junk food be taxed? This event took place at Downlands Community School and the students competing against strong teams from Midhurst Rother College, Lewes… Continue reading Rotary Youth Speaks regional semi-final