Category: Fun and Games

How well do you know your poetic devices?

I’m sure my students are completely fed up with hearing me bang on about ‘subject terminology’ – that special vocabulary, those names for writing tools, which are unique to the subject.  Thing is, they form part of the mark-scheme at

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Jane Austen and the new £10 note

This week, pupils were asked to nominate British authors who should be featured on a £20 note …

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Crimes Against Shakespeare …

If you know me, you know how much I like – no, am obsessed by – Shakespeare.  I’m such a fan that I’m currently reading one play per month until April 2020! So, imagine my horror when I saw this

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Quiz Time: how well do you know English phrases?

Let’s start the month with another quiz! English is full of colloquialisms – informal words or phrases – and my students get to hear quite a few strange ones, with my Southern dialect confusing their Northern ears … for instance,

Quiz Time: How ‘replicant’ are you?

Replicant, I hear you ask?  How about replacing that word with ANDROID, or ROBOT (a word, incidentally, that is less than 100 years old and comes from another word meaning ‘slave’)? But the word ‘replicant’ can only really refer to

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Open Evening Update: Mr. Guerrero gets Scrabbled

Last week’s Open Evening saw me take on the world (as I like to do, occasionally) at Scrabble.  I mean, what could possibly go wrong, playing a bunch of Year 5 and 6 pupils?  Right?

Open Evening update: The Great UVHS Shakespeare Quiz

During Open Evening last week many of you completed our Great UVHS Shakespeare Quiz, and it’s time to give you the answers – and to announce the winner. We asked (and if you want to test yourself the answers are

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Things That Go Bump In The … Library

It was a dark and blustery night in October.  The wind howled as it sent the clouds racing across the moon’s unhappy scowl, and the trees lost their leaves as they shook their fists at the young children passing by …

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Borderlines 2016: Carlisle Book Festival

A reminder to you that the fourth Carlisle Book Festival kicks off this time next week, running from 07-10 October. For more information on the range of activities and guest speakers, click here … See you there?

Is this the hardest English Quiz ever?

I genuinely never thought I’d be posting about an English quiz where I only got 2 questions correct … Mr. Guerrero has been completely cut down to size, which is possibly appropriate given ‘dwarf‘ is one of just three commonly-used

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