KS5 Literature

YONAKA english class

yOnAkA: WoRmHoLes

The 3 purple links below serve as wormholes. They'll take you straight into the pages of the texts you're studying at school. Use YONAKA's ideas to develop your understanding of 'A Streetcar Named Desire', light imagery and gender inequality! As ... Read More...
Best of K-Pop 2020

eLLie: bEsT K-pOp Of 2020

It's impossible to pile all the music we LOVE at Sound of Pen into one genre. And yet there IS a thread that joins all our favourite music together. It's something to do with the intent of it - the way it feels as if it says something about what it'... Read More...

aDeLa: iNtO ThE WooDs

The first piece of student work has arrived! Adela was tasked with summarising her A-Level 'Love' learning. No one could have expected what came next - this BEAUTIFUL painting! Inspired in part by the Taylor Swift lessons, but mostly fuelled by t... Read More...
YONAKA english lit

YoNaKa: LeT Me SpEak

Whenever we record one of our Wormholes podcasts, we use the artist in question's ideas as fuel for a series of related classes. Theresa Jarvis of YONAKA spearheaded this session on equality! Use some of the critical quotes below to support and shar... Read More...

YoNaKa: ToNe

YONAKA's delivery is key. Theresa and the gang use different tones to convey a whole range of emotional states and ideas. https://youtu.be/HnkY2oTwnm8 ... Read More...
Holding Absence A-Level GCSE

HoLdiNg AbSeNcE: ReLiGiOn

The Holding Absence singer's attitudes to religion feel more typical of 2021 than, maybe, 1821. Consider the texts you're studying. What were the typical attitudes towards God and religion at the time each text was written? Why is it important to... Read More...
Holding Absence A-Level GCSE

HoLdiNg AbSeNcE: LoVe

It's pretty hard to find a text which doesn't explore ideas about love in some way or other! Where - in the texts you're studying - can you recognise the ch... Read More...
Holding Absence A-Level GCSE

HoLdiNg AbSeNcE: dUaLiTy

You might have discussed duality once or twice (or a thousand times) in class!! In which texts, can you spot both the quieter and louder sides of a person's... Read More...
Holding Absence A-Level GCSE

HoLdiNg AbSeNcE: fLoWeR MoTiF

Sooooo interesting to hear Lucas talk about flowers in this way. A real 'lightbulb' moment for us! Where do you spot flowers - either in the foreground or the background - of your own course texts? What are those flowers representative of? What i... Read More...
Holding Absence A-Level GCSE

HoLdiNg AbSeNcE: OpeNiNgS

We love that Lucas so clearly wants his music to take us on a journey. And maybe you won't even realise how significant Holding Absence's starting point is unt... Read More...
Holding Absence A-Level GCSE

HoLdiNg AbSeNcE: FoRm

So we've heard a bit about why the rock song structure fitted Holding Absence’s needs PERFECTLY. Now, it's time to think about how Lucas Woodland's ideas serve as doorways to a deeper understanding of our GCSE/A-Level texts. Why did Oscar Wilde’s... Read More...