CLF English News

Here you will find regular updates on all things ‘English’. We will suggest some great books to read and pass on links to websites, blogs and all sorts of things that will help you with English and keep you entertained and busy. We also want to showcase your fantastic English work. So, upload or send pictures or audio of your wonderful English work to your teachers and you might see it published here.

If you are looking for the work set for English you need to go to your year group and follow the link to the work set. This blog is for extra English information and things that we want to share with each other.

English ideas to try this week…

  1. Write a diary or a keep a journal. Some famous authors have kept diaries.

For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the outpouring of a thirteen year old schoolgirl.

Anne Frank

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

Oscar Wilde

You might find that writing a diary also helps you to feel good. It might create some space to think and reflect in these uncertain times. You don’t have to show your diary to anyone and it can be a private space to express your feelings. You don’t need a fancy notebook or a 5 year, page-a-day diary; any notebook will do. Or, you could type, use Word or Google docs if you’d rather. Give it a go!

2. Read the book that you forgot. We can’t get to the libraries right now but take a look at home for the books that you borrowed or bought or that were gifts and read the book that you forgot.

In Perpetual Spring 
by Amy Gerstler

Gardens are also good places
to sulk. You pass beds of
spiky voodoo lilies   
and trip over the roots   
of a sweet gum tree,   
in search of medieval   
plants whose leaves,   
when they drop off   
turn into birds
if they fall on land,
and colored carp if they   
plop into water.

Suddenly the archetypal   
human desire for peace   
with every other species   
wells up in you. The lion   
and the lamb cuddling up.
The snake and the snail, kissing.
Even the prick of the thistle,   
queen of the weeds, revives   
your secret belief
in perpetual spring,
your faith that for every hurt   
there is a leaf to cure it.

Some reading suggestions…

Are you enjoying the TV serialisation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses? There are three more books in the Noughts and Crosses series that you might enjoy: Knife Edge, Double Cross and Check Mate.

Do you like dystopian fiction or scifi? Did you enjoy reading Animal Farm in Year 8? Perhaps try Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.

London is on the move again: the traction city trawls the world on wheels, capturing and eating smaller towns. But when he is thrown off the city by his childhood hero Valentine, young hero Tom joins forces with the mysterious Hester, and is soon forced to reassess life as he knows it.

Set in a captivating futuristic landscape, this hugely imaginative story is a vivid blend of action, romance, mystery, crime and horror. Packed full of colourful characters and locations, it is a whirlwind adventure that challenges both Tom and the reader to rexamine their attitudes and preconceptions.

Have you read or seen the film 101 Dalmations? The same author , Dodie Smith, wrote I Capture the Castle and this is considered to be a modern classic.

Cassandra, the 17-year-old narrator, lives an eccentric existence in a crumbling castle in the English countryside in the 1930s. Her father is a former bestselling novelist now suffering from a chronic case of writer’s block and her glamorous but bohemian stepmother Topaz is a sometime artist model. Money is in short supply but Cassandra and her discontented older sister Rose are forced to make the best of things – until some young, wealthy American neighbours arrive and Rose sees an opportunity for them all to escape their impoverished existence.