Summer Holiday Study Programme for New
Students at Acland Burghley School
We hope that you have a very good summer holiday and that you are looking forward to
starting in Year 7 at Acland Burghley School in September. You will of course want to do as
well as you can in your classes when you start and the best thing that you can do to help
yourself with this, is to read during the summer holidays. We have given you two summer
project tasks to do – try to complete them both to the best of your ability and hand them in
to your tutor on your first day in September.
TASK 1: Creative project
TASK 2: Read at least 3 fiction books
TASK 3: Keeping a Media Diary Investigation
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TASK 1: Creative Project
For this task you can do one of the following:
a photo diary / series of photographs
an art project (a series of pictures – these can be drawings or paintings or other
styles of art)
If it is a piece of writing, your project should be at least a page of neat writing on A4 paper
or you can do it on the computer if you like.
The themes that you can choose are:
my summer holidays
my favourite place
where my family is from
what my home will be like when I am twenty-five
Please take care over this project – there will be a prize for the most creative projects that
are handed in on the first day of term.
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TASK 2: Read at least 3 fiction books and write a review for one of them. You could
follow the plan below or create your own.
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TASK 3: Create a Media Diary
In this task you will create a diary of all the different media you have watched, read, listened
or played over a one-week period. You will need to keep the results in a chart to keep a log
of all the different media based activities you are doing. Try to add as much detail as
Your chart might look something like this:
Watch Min Read Min Listen Min Play Min Social Min
Silverfin 60 MP3 20 Xbox 60 BBM 60
You will total up all the minuets and work out as a percentage how much time you spend
with the media every day. Use the following calculation to work it out:
2(hrs) ÷ 24 (hrs) x 100 = 8.3% (of the day)
The last bit of the task asks you to compare your media usage with that of an adult and one
of your friends and provide a written response to the following questions:
1. How does my Media compare with other people?
2. Is the Media a good or bad thing?
Please present all your charts, calculations and written questions to your tutor on the first