In English, it is our intention to deliver a curriculum that is holistic, exciting, and interwoven; our schemes of work are varied, relevant, engaging and challenging. From traditional classics to exciting modern texts; engaging non-fiction to dazzling poetry, our curriculum aims to spark a love of learning and literature. We employ diverse research-based approaches to teaching and learning to ensure that our curriculum remains effective in meeting the needs of all students and produce learners who are confident, resilient, and able to succeed.
Students in year 7 will continue the journey of discovery started in KS2 and deepen their knowledge of the writer’s craft, authorial intent and writing with technical accuracy. These skills are interwoven into the learning journey that students undertake throughout KS3, developing an appreciation of the nuances of written texts and opportunities to emulate writing styles in their own unique way. Students will also explore texts from other cultural heritages to help them develop an understanding and appreciation of global diversity. To start them on their journey we send home a fantastic modern novel to all of our transition students for them to enjoy while they are relaxing over summer.
“The world belongs to those who read.”
In Key Stage 3, students study a wide variety of challenging texts and themes, introducing them to the power of excellent literature, the scope of experiences that make us human and the beauty of our language. Alongside this, we develop our students’ ability to make sense of, and communicate through, language. Language and literature are taught thematically under two ‘umbrella’ texts which are studied across the whole year. This approach allows us to teach our students to see the links and threads between texts over time and between their own experience and the experience of others. It also allows us to reinforce and revisit skills and knowledge where necessary. The importance of vocabulary, grammar and genre are considered through the study of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and the development of students’ own writing and speech.
As students move into Key Stage 4, they begin their GCSE courses. Students are entered for AQA Language and Literature. Students will consolidate and further develop their language skills by looking at varied, interesting text types as well as developing their own creative writing skills. In Literature, students study much loved classics: Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, and An Inspector Calls (or Blood Brothers) as they develop and master their critical thinking skills. Students are given aspirational targets to motivate them to achieve their full potential and create their own bright future.
In English students have access to a wider range of extracurricular opportunities to provide challenge and fuel their passion for English in all its forms. From newspaper club to author visits, and theatre visits to lectures from our university links, there is something to suit all tastes. We encourage students to grasp every opportunity offered to them and immerse themselves in reading beyond the classroom; a vital skill to support them on their learning journey.