English

applying for a placeIn English, we encourage students to enjoy and appreciate all aspects of English Literature and Language. Students develop their functional literacy skills through English lessons that are engaging, interactive and use a variety of different teaching methods and approaches. During English lessons, students also practise and improve their creative performance skills.

The KS3 curriculum is divided into schemes of learning based around themes such as ‘Conflict’, ‘Prejudice and Outsiders’ and ‘Autobiography’. Students study class novels, poetry and plays to develop their confidence in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. The KS4 curriculum begins during Year 9; students prepare for GCSEs in English Language and Literature.

Students’ work is formally assessed and on a regular basis. Peer and self assessment techniques are also developed and embedded throughout the three years, to encourage students to improve their work independently.

There are also opportunities for students to access different aspects of English through extracurricular clubs such as: Books and Biscuits and Express Yourself. Core intervention sessions are also run after school to help students of all year groups with revision, homework or any area they feel needs development. Throughout the year, students are given the opportunity to participate in theatre trips, writing workshops and author visits.