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We believe that achievement in English underpins wider success in all subjects and walks of life. The English department’s main aim is to develop confident users of English, able to write clearly and accurately for a range of audiences and purposes, and to read with enjoyment and understanding.
In Key Stages 3 and 4, students develop reading and writing skills across fiction, drama, poetry, media and non-fiction, in order to enrich their cultural capital. We teach texts that are challenging, life-enhancing and supportive of students’ moral development, covering the history of English to the present day.
We believe that writing is a skill that needs to be explicitly taught and practised; therefore, students follow schemes focusing on writing successful narratives and non-fiction texts. The department also teach technical accuracy both within schemes of learning and through the ‘Language for Learning’ booklets issued throughout Key Stage 3.
The development of students’ speaking and listening skills are vital for both their enjoyment and engagement in the subject at school and for their long-term confidence in using English in the world beyond. As such, opportunities for discussion and debate are built into every scheme of learning and are a feature of lessons.
Current texts studied include The Speckled Band, A Christmas Carol and Animal Farm at Key Stage 3, and Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and An Inspector Calls at Key Stage 4.