We believe that a high-quality education in English will teach pupils to think critically and imaginatively, to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and, ultimately, foster an appreciation of literature and the power of language. Students will be highly literate, with a strong understanding and competent use of SPaG; they will demonstrate a secure understanding of how to use punctuation for effect and have a sophisticated and extensive repertoire of vocabulary.
Studying English as a discipline is essential to participating fully as an emotionally empathetic member of society; through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development, encouraging students to be resilient and independent thinkers forming their own ideas on issues arising from texts. They will also develop the interpersonal skills of self-reflection, teamwork and organisation, especially when structuring constructive and informed debate.
Our English curriculum is designed to equip our pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for pleasure. Only by immersing our pupils in rich reading materials can they develop their own language capacities – the depth of their vocabulary, their handling of grammatical structures, their comprehension skills, their ability to write with a strong voice, and with confidence and genuine expertise in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Our curriculum supports students in becoming effective communicators who understand the need to adjust the language they use to meet different contexts. Oracy skills are developed to allow students to become articulate in expressing ideas in standard English with confidence in groups and in front of peers.
We endeavour to ignite students’ love of English Language and Literature by cultivating their cultural capital and exposing them to a varied and rich variety of texts, providing opportunities to develop their language and communication skills. They will be able to evaluate texts and ideas, recognise bias and show an understanding of the cultural significance of events, both past and present, which impact life in modern Britain. Students will become independent, analytical and critical thinkers, as well as creative writers and thinkers who are not afraid to take risks with their thoughts and ideas.
Key Stage Three
Throughout the course of KS3, students are delivered a curriculum that visits a wide range of material including the following:
Classic Novel: Jekyll & Hyde - Pupils will develop their understanding of characters and themes in increasingly difficult texts. Considering essay writing and how to incorporate contextual information effectively. Pupils will gain an understanding of dual, linear and embedded narratives, and be able to evaluate their effectiveness. Contextual knowledge of London in the 19th Century.
Key Stage Four
The English curriculum at KS4 is based around the AQA GCSE English Literature and English Language syllabus. Under our current model, all students will sit their GCSE English Literature and Language at the end of Year 11 having started the two courses from the first term in Year 10. We are very confident that this allows our students to become entirely familiar with all elements of both exams.