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Year 10 GCSE English Language Workshop at the Eden Project

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By Polly Judd
A select few Year 10 students (including myself) were privileged enough to visit the Eden Project last Tuesday for a GCSE English workshop. 
At nine o'clock, twenty of us departed school, buzzing with excitement, and at Eden we were introduced to the people behind all the organization, while meeting students from two other schools. The aim of this trip, they explained, was to enhance our abilities at dealing with high level GCSE questions and to aim for Grade 8s and 9s of the new grading system. The theme of the workshops was ‘food’; investigating the sustainability of produce, the importance of plants in our survival, and so on. 
Up until lunch we roamed around the rainforest biome in small groups, summarising useful information and seeking out signs that would further aid us. It inspired thought about possible ways to solve the growing issues in agriculture. A friend of mine speculated that in the future, pills containing essential nutrients could be used, replacing the food we cook and eat, and on top of that a possible solution to obesity and overeating. This all really put into perspective the demands for food in today’s world. 
After half an hour of free time to eat, we partook in several different activities. The first was about the Paper 2 Language paper, which involved summarising. However the role was reversed; we were given a simple restaurant menu and our task was to rewrite the dishes as exaggerated and over-dramatised as possible, even to the point where it was ridiculous! By doing this, it deepened our understanding of summarising pieces of text while being an enjoyable activity.
Next was identifying techniques within a piece of persuasive writing, such as hyperboles and rhetorical questions. We were asked to explain the effects on the reader while describing why such techniques were used.
Lastly, we were taken into another room and were instructed how to loosen our muscles as to better project our voices, involving moving body parts, contorting faces and attempting tongue-twisters. In addition to this, we investigated how sentences can be said in different tones to express emotions. This particular activity was aimed at the Speaking and Listening component of the GCSE Language course.
After saying our goodbyes, we rushed up to the coach- and got back in time for the buses. 
In my opinion, we all benefited from this trip in one way or another and can heartily agree it was an enjoyable experience!

Richard Lander School