I have recently started a maternity cover post and have inherited a small but very low ability year 9 class. It is predominantly made up of boys who, although not completely wild, tend to spend most lessons trying to shout out as many immature things as possible. Due to changes in the GCSE we are now beginning prep for year 10, such as strengthening their writing skills and introducing them to some poetry etc. This half term is focusing on creative writing and I'm looking for some ideas that will help improve their skills and also keep them engaged. I am also being observed by SLT with them on Tuesday and they are focusing on supporting the more able students in the group (the top students have D grade targets). Any ideas on this individual lesson or ideas for the scheme of work in general would be greatly appreciated!