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 Persuasive Writing

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Understanding the different forms and functions of advertising.
  • Practising techniques used in advertising and persuasive writing eg repetition, rhetorical questions.
  • Understanding the use of emotive language in advertising.
  • Developing techniques for persuasive talk, including the use of Standard English.
  • Analysing the effects of persuasive techniques in writing and applying these techniques in own leaflet.


Modules B and C ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo 

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • A double module using the novel ‘Private Peaceful’ as a springboard to cover reading and writing, encompassing a variety of written tasks designed to improve students’ 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


Module D Poetry

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Understanding the characteristic features of different poems
  • Undertaking independent research and developed note-making skills
  • Making critical evaluation of each other’s poetry
  • Experimenting with the writing of their own poems
  • Reading poems from different times and cultures
  • Understanding  how language has changed over time


Module E ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Reading the play ‘Our Day Out’
  • Becoming enthusiastic, discriminating and responsive readers, understanding layers of meaning and appreciating what they read on a critical level
  • Using imaginative vocabulary and varied linguistic and literary techniques    


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Contact the English Department

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