Year 7 Debating- The Modes of Persuasion

Last week, in Year 7 ExAc, we learnt about ‘The Modes of Persuasion’ or the ‘Rhetoric Appeals’, originally described by Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle in his treatise, On Rhetoric. They are Ethos, Logos and Pathos. It was these three fundamental ‘techniques’ that were originally thought to most important in making a debater or arguer successful every time… Continue reading Year 7 Debating- The Modes of Persuasion

Year 7 ExAc- ‘Guerrilla Geography’

This week, the Year 7 Excellence Academy had a Geography enrichment session with Mr Crockett, who introduced them to the inspiring concept of ‘Guerrilla Geography,’ Daniel Raven-Ellison’s new way of experiencing places and linking these to our emotions. Here is Mr Crockett’s thought process from his blog:   ‘I wanted to take this opportunity to show these students that Geography shouldn’t… Continue reading Year 7 ExAc- ‘Guerrilla Geography’

Year 8 ExAc- Political cartoons and satire

The Year 8 Excellence Academy met for the first time after the Easter break on the 26th April and had a lengthy discussion about cartoons. Political cartoons have appeared ubiquitously in newspapers and news pamphlets since the creation of the original printing presses.  In the 17th century, such cartoons often described the appearance of strange… Continue reading Year 8 ExAc- Political cartoons and satire

Year 8 Excellence Academy: ‘This House Would Lower the Voting Age’

The Year 8 Excellence Academy session on the 1st March 2017 provided students with an in-depth look at rhetoric and the art of debating.  The academy members began the session by composing their own responses to a series of statements such as ‘Scary things are never beautiful’ and ‘War should be avoided at all costs’,… Continue reading Year 8 Excellence Academy: ‘This House Would Lower the Voting Age’

Year 7 History Enrichment: Evidence-informed judgement

  On Wednesday 15th February, the Year 7  Excellence Academy met for an interesting and challenging session with Assistant Headteacher and history teacher Mr Runeckles. Using the very powerful and  emotive subject of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mr Runeckles challenged the students to approach the subject in a different way and invited… Continue reading Year 7 History Enrichment: Evidence-informed judgement