Absence advice for pupils September – November 2020

The department wishes that everyone stays well and looks after friends and family.

If you are absent from school but able to do some work at home we recommend:

  • Regularly checking ‘Glow’ for class and homework assignments
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Watching documentaries, period drama and/or  Films
  • Listening to radio (particularly discussions and/or comedy)
  • Talking about the news with friends and family
  • That writing may also be helpful and can take many forms: revision flashcards; rote learning of quotations; practising summarising or past papers. Reflective and creative writing can also take many formats from poetry to short stories

Watching the following programmes will help you develop your vocabulary  and strengthen your reading for understanding, analysis and evaluation skills:

Watch, enjoy and discuss educational programmes on the BBC etc.


All programmes on the natural world eg. The Blue Planet 

All Historical documentaries eg. The World at War

Films: Try watching some black and white films. There are lots on the ‘talking pictures’ channel on freeview. Good examples include:

‘Kind hearts and coronets’


‘High Noon’

S5 and S6 pupils may also enjoy:

‘Ice cold in Alex’

‘The dam busters’

All Hitchcock films – ‘Psycho’ is a must and ‘North by Northwest’ is well filmed.

Documentaries by Michael Moore – eg. ‘Bowling for Columbine’

All film versions of classic novels are well worth watching. For example:

‘The Thirty Nine Steps’

‘Great Expectations’

‘Pride and Prejudice’

‘Emma’ (‘Clueless’ with Alicia Silverstone is a modern version)

‘Around the World in Eighty Days’


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