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Lesson 1: Understanding the Genre Key Stage 4: English

'Ringing the Bell and Finding the Way'

"This lesson introduces you to the idea of seeing the world in terms of objects. Using 'The History of the World in 100 Objects' as inspiration, this allows you to focus in on the detail of description and the need for close examination.

Pupils will look at the exquisite photographs of the tea bell and the Handheld GPS to hone their descriptive skills.

Prepare to zoom in!"

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Purpose of study:

The main focus of this introductory lesson is to begin to understand the notion of artefacts and their importance, also to appreciate the precise, descriptive language that is required if the artefact is to come to life for a radio audience.

National Curriculum Aims / Attainment Targets Activity focus


  • Producing clear and coherent text: writing effectively for different purposes and audiences: to describe, narrate; selecting vocabulary, grammar, form and structural and organisational features judiciously to reflect audience, purpose and context; using language imaginatively and creatively; using information provided by others to write in different forms.
  • Writing for impact: creating emotional impact, using language creatively, imaginatively.
  • Use close observational skills to examine and provide detailed descriptions of expedition artefacts.