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English Literature

In this week, we have been looking at the symbolism and meaning of Ignorance and Want in stave 3. We learnt what Dickens was trying to imply through the two children being in the care of the Ghost of Christmas Present and, on Tuesday, what the importance of showing a variety of Christmases was.

On Wednesday, we firstly looked at the etymology of the two words, ignorance and want.

Ignorance-(noun)- a lack of knowledge or information

A Latin originated word which firstly was ‘ignorantia’ meaning not knowing.

Want-(noun)- a lack or deficiency of something

An old Norse word that originally was ‘vant’ meaning be lacking.

Knowing this, we looked at how Dickens interpreted this into his writing through the words ‘being’ two children.


We then annotated the extract from the novel, where Scrooge meets the two children from underneath the ghost’s robe. They are said to be ‘wretched, frightful, abject, hideous and miserable’ this was very ironic in the sense that children are known to be innocent, carefree and young which was very contrasting when we first came across this. The children are also described as ‘Wolfish’ and ‘Monsters’. Analysing this, we concluded that the reason as to why Dickens did this, was to give references to the social injustice in society which was his intention to highlight in the novella, and portraying what the men, women and children will turn out to be like if change is not brought about. Looking deeper into the meaning of the word “wolfish”, we said it gave the children a type of animalistic feature, making them almost inhuman.


English Language

In English language, we are focusing on speeches. After seeing Emma Watson’s speech last week, we started practising how to write our own.

After discussing many different techniques, we talked about a practise speech on the topic:

‘Education is the most valuable gift you will ever receive.’

In the lesson, we discussed how we would approach this question in an exam.

Firstly, we would spend 10 minutes planning. Look at whether the question is telling you to give your opinion or giving you a side to write on. In this case, we were told to write for the statement.

We made a list of reasons to support the statement and writing for it. E.g:

  • it gives you access to a massive number of ideas art forms and ways of thinking
  • gives you the freedom to choose the career you want
  • without it the world wouldn’t function
  • gives you the power to improve lives

Afterwards, we put the reasons in order as to how we would write them. For this we each individually chose which order would be the most effective for each of us to write as, and we wrote the beginning to our speeches.

We also looked at an extract from ‘A room of one’s own’ by Virginia Woolf. And TAPped it.


Audience-men in power, or other women in her position

Purpose- persuade and inform