KS4 Revision Skills: annotating texts using Adobe Acrobat Reader

Year 11 have just finished their Pre Public Exams, so now is the ideal time to start the process of preparing for the public exams in the summer. Over the next few months, we will be offering a variety of tools and techniques to support students with their revision.

This week’s top tip is a free downloadable application that allows students to annotate electronic files. Adobe Acrobat Reader is the on-screen equivalent of highlighters and post-it notes: you can highlight and underline sections of text and add your own comments.

Evidence shows that annotating in this way prompts deeper understanding of the text, reinforces learning; and, because it is electronic, it automatically creates a revision resource that is easy to store and access and link to other resources for reference during revision.

The reader works with pdf files, which is the standard file type used by the school for documents including a mixture of text, diagrams, images etc. You can download the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader here: get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

The screenshot below shows how the various functions can be used.



Click ‘Comment’ in the tab on the right hand side.



This will open the Comment bar at the top of the document where you can select from a range of annotation tools.



You can add sticky notes to annotate useful parts of a document.


You can also highlight text to help with revising. Picture4

The Wizard of Oz

Millthorpe School presents the Wizard of Oz on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December at 7.30pm in the main hall. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3.50 for children/concessions and £15 for a family ticket of two adults and two children. Tickets are on sale every break time outside the staff room.

Wizard of Oz Poster

Primary Sports Hall Athletics

On Friday 13 November 24 Millthorpe students volunteered to act as Sports Leaders for the area finals of the Primary Sports Hall Athletics. The event featured over 100 Year 6 primary school pupils plus a massive crowd on the sports hall balcony.


Millthorpe students were able to judge, officiate, timekeep, coach and record the whole event, helping the evening to be a roaring success. A massive well done to all involved and many of them I am sure will be ready to get involved in future events in the new year.

Mr Randall
Head of PE

National Anti-Bullying Week

Next week (Monday 16 to Friday 20 November) is National Anti-Bullying Week and Millthorpe will be participating in #NoBystanders. This campaign has been organised by Stonewall, a registered charity that works for the equality and fair treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Along with many other schools in York, Millthorpe is a Stonewall Champion School. This means we are committed to championing diversity and celebrating difference and ensuring that our school is a safe place for all students, staff and visitors. We have a clear goal of eradicating all forms of bullying in school, including homophobic bullying.

This week, Mr Butterworth, Deputy Headteacher and Miss Parr, teacher of Religious Education, delivered assemblies to all students about National Anti-Bullying Week and invited students to join staff in signing the No Bystanders pledge. In signing this pledge, we are committing to speaking out if we hear bullying or teasing language and to standing up for fairness and kindness. Many members of staff are wearing Stonewall stickers and classrooms have posters that reinforce the message that we do not tolerate homophobic language at Millthorpe. Here is a link to the PowerPoint we used in the assembly.

This assembly also marked the launch of work towards the Stonewall Silver School’s Award. For this award, we are ensuring that everything is in place to uphold all students’ rights in order for all students to feel respected and safe within our school environment. We have launched an LGBT at Millthorpe page on the school website, featuring information, events and support links for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their friends and family. We also have a noticeboard in school where students can gain factual information and support leaflets. ‘One 4 all’ is a group that has been set up by students to discuss global issues of inequality, including those faced by the LGBT community, as well as providing peer support and advice.

If you would like to join us in supporting National Anti-Bullying Week, you can sign the #NoBystanders pledge online by visiting www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/nobystanders.


Studying languages at higher education

Year 10 and 11 students recently enjoyed a visit from two MFL undergraduates from Leeds University. Millthorpe students took part in the seminar on the subject of language study at higher education and were able to get actively involved in understanding the benefits of university life.


Students were able to ask questions about degree courses and the opportunities available to linguists at higher education, including the opportunity to study or work in a foreign country. Even students who are not considering a degree in languages were given food for thought about the continuation of their studies at A Level and beyond and a broader understanding of university life.

Miss Gray
Head of MFL

Young carers in schools regional event

Millthorpe was delighted to host the first Young Carers in Schools event. The day was organised by the Carers Trust alongside York Carers Centre. A significant number of schools were represented on the day to hear about the Young Carers in Schools award.

As part of the day Millthorpe were asked to give a presentation about the work that we already undertake with our young carers. Two of our young carers also gave a presentation based on what it is like to be a young carer in school. Our young carers also acted as guides for the day and joined us for the networking lunch.

Young Carers 2

Emily Carter and Jess Hill from the Carers Trust

As Millthorpe has been working closely with our young carers for a considerable period of time, we were in the position of being able to submit the evidence required for the Bronze Yong Carers in School Award. We are currently awaiting the outcome and hope to hear before the end of term whether we have been successful.