English at Bentley Wood


Message from the English Department

Dear prospective students,

Welcome to Bentley Wood High School!

My name is Mr Zabielski. I teach English and work as the KS3 coordinator, which means I oversee the progress of the students in year 7, 8 and 9. I am sure we will get to know each other soon. For now, I prepared some engaging transitional activities for you to complete at home.

During the summer break, please print out our English Enthusiasts Activity Passport and work through each task as best as you can. It contains a good mixture of creative writing, grammar, reading and speaking as well as some hands-on challenges that you can complete in your own time. Put your best foot forward and show us how dedicated you are to your education at our exceptional school.

Every year, we provide our prospective pupils with an engaging novel to read during the summer. This year, you will be receiving your copy of Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford. The book addresses challenging concepts of Einstein’s theory of relativity, teaches important life lessons and enriches the reader’s vocabulary. You will learn the meaning of the words crepuscular and syndactyly and also understand how to access a memory palace. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

If I haven’t convinced you yet, take a look at a brief synopsis of the story.

When 12-year-old Al Chaudry learns there is a time machine, made by his father, sitting in the garage of his old house, he has to go and get it - doesn't he? Then he can travel back in time and save his father's life. With his pet hamster Alan Shearer for company, Al is determined to follow his dad's instructions. But time travel can be tricky and there are strict rules. Can Al race against time to change the past and the future, while keeping hold of Alan Shearer and not arousing suspicion? The reader is rooting for Al all the way, as he bravely confronts every possible obstacle in the hope of having his dad back. Both hilarious and heart-warming, this is a brilliant and clever adventure story.

Enjoy the read and I look forward to meeting you all in person soon!      

Mr. Zabielski (Head of KS3 English)

English Enthusiasts Activity Passport
English Summer Transition Booklet