Summer Reading

Hi everybody,

As the summer draws ever closer we begin to wonder what we will do to fill the minutes, hours and days that stretch ahead. Will we go abroad; sun ourselves on sandy beaches in the day and soak up a new culture at night? Will we laze at home and finally catch up on all the telly we missed whilst we were working? Will we finally learn to knit, draw, swim (insert skill here)?

One thing we may not have though of doing is improving our critical approach to texts. Something that we must do as we progress through English is to read widely around a subject.

I may have said this before but I’ll say it again. The British Library is amazing and the online resources there are fantastic.

Here is a link to some articles that are interesting and informative as well as being accessible. Have a look. Have a read. Have a think. Have a great summer.


Football’s coming home…


I’m not sure if it is. However, the song itself is interesting from an English Language perspective.

Three Lion’s was originally released in 1996 and had nothing to do with England winning the world cup.

Initially the song referred to the fact that England was hosting the world cup.

It’s interesting that over the years the song has come to mean England winning the World Cup with various bands producing covers.

This process is called semantic change: the change in the meaning of words over time.

This is an interesting article about semantic change both in British English and in English spoken in other countries.

It is well worth a read.


This is just a quick post.

A year 10 pupil, after being told to keep his football still whilst walking between lessons replied with ‘A football isn’t made to be still’.

I think this would make a great first line for a poem.

Anyone who fancies it, write the next lines in the comments.

If any are really good I’ll give you a, as yet undetermined, prize.