Welcome to English. Success in English is vital, as it underpins students’ ability to communicate successfully. 

In English, our main aim is to enable students to develop a range of skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing so that they become confident in expressing themselves both creatively and imaginatively, gaining an understanding of, and control over, language. The purpose of the English curriculum is to try to instill an enthusiasm for English, whilst developing basic literacy and critical thinking skills. 

Effective language and communication skills are essential to prepare people for the adult world beyond school, and we wish to ensure our students have the best possible start in life.

The English Department aims to enable students to become lifelong learners and successful citizens. We have very high expectations of our students, both in terms of their achievement and their behaviour.

To support all students in reaching, and exceeding, their targets, we have a rigorous intervention programme which runs alongside English provision. The programme offers small group or one to one support for identified students across Key Stages 3 and 4.

Module A Autobiographical Writing

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Reading a range of autobiographical and biographical texts, including Roald Dahl’s “Boy”
  • Learning and applying the common features and techniques used in autobiographical / biographical texts.
  • Writing their own autobiographical piece
  • Reviewing their experiences in Year 7 so far

Module B Horror writing

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Developing their creative writing skills through the study of a variety of texts, including pre-twentieth century extracts
  • Becoming more effective writers by considering how to involve and engage readers and adapting their writing to do so
  • How to produce texts which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose
  • Organising and presenting whole texts effectively, sequencing and structuring information, ideas and events
  • Constructing  paragraphs and use cohesion within and between paragraphs
  • Varying sentences for clarity, purpose and effect
  • Experimenting with figurative language in conveying a sense of character and setting.

Module C Skellig

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Using the novel ‘Skellig’ as a springboard to cover the assessment focuses on reading and writing, encompassing a variety of written tasks designed to improve pupils’ ability to write in different forms for different audiences.
  • Analysing the writer’s use of language
  • Understanding characters’ thoughts and feelings
  • A strong focus on improving confidence and adding expression when reading out loud
  • Analysing character and validating opinions
  • Looking at events from an alternative perspective; using imagination to predict and speculate about what will happen to the characters in the story
  • Developing awareness of connotation and an understanding of how imagery is created
  • Developing the use of commentary and description in narrative.
  • Appreciating the impact of figurative language in texts.
  • Exploring and developing ideas, issues and relationships through work in role.

Module D Poetry

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Developing students' knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of poetry.
  • Making students enthusiastic about reading pre-1914, post-1914 and contemporary poems, to analyse them, and then recreate the effects in their own writing.
  • This scheme not only requires students to write their own poetry, but also aims to build the skills required for analytical writing about poems required at GCSE and beyond.

Module E Shakespeare The Tempest

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Reading ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare
  • Developing the ability to comment on characters and how they are presented in plays
  • Understanding of Shakespeare’s language and use of imagery
  • Developing their own ability in writing and speaking and listening to integrate diverse information into a coherent and comprehensive account.
  • Making telling use of descriptive detail.

English useful websites:


Contact the English Department

Phone:  01202 774631
Email:  mbower@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk