Our English Department aims to inspire, motivate and challenge all of our students, whilst furnishing them with the necessary skills, attributes and dispositions to successfully study KS3, GCSE and also KS5 English Language and Literature. The curriculum has been designed to enable all learners to read a wide range of literature with engagement and understanding, drawing on English literary heritage and modern texts as well
as writing from around the world.
Through our lessons, we seek to develop the habit of reading widely and regularly for enjoyment; students have the opportunity to read in depth, criticising and evaluating ideas, themes and language and make connections across their reading. As a result, students can approach unseen texts with confidence, justifying personal opinions and so, able to explore the significance of different times, cultural contexts, viewpoints and situations.
Students are given the skills to discuss, explain and explore their understanding and ideas. They are given a toolkit which allows them to write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English. Through their studies of different texts, they acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including grammatical terminology and the literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they
We also offer exciting enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom. These include theatre trips to local and national theatres and poetry workshops
Our English Department provides an engaging and rigorous foundation for the study of English and English Literature at KS3, KS4 and KS5.
DEVELOPING SKILLS FOR LIFE
Students study Shakespeare, poetry, plays, novels, short stories and non-fiction writing. Additionally, students also study modules on media and film studies in order to promote an understanding of communication through other mediums.
KEY STAGE 3
Our KS3 curriculum provides a plethora of texts for our students to enjoy. From Shakespeare to modern texts like ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, there is something to engage every single KS3 pupil, helping them to grow a love of English at an early age. Each module helps to develop the skills required to be successful at GCSE.
KEY STAGE 4
At KS4, we follow the AQA GCSE English Language and Literature syllabus. This includes looking at creative writing, authors’ viewpoints as well as studying modern prose, Shakespeare, poetry and 19 th
Century literature. Please speak to your child’s teacher for the specific text.
KEY STAGE 5
The KS5 curriculum is both challenging and enjoyable. We offer both A Level Literature and Language and Literature, dependent on numbers. Both courses cover a variety of texts, genres and methods of analysis, varying from Shakespeare to contemporary writers such as Khaled Hosseini and Kate Atkinson, with a focus ranging from comedy to crime.