Curriculum Intent (knowledge & skills gained at each stage; design & structure of the curriculum)
In English we aim for our students to:
• Become confident in their ability to read and understand a variety of texts including novels, poems and plays
• Appreciate the differences associated with formal and informal registers, and between Standard English and other varieties of English
• Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• Develop associated skills of literacy, spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as being able to debate and construct a written argument.
• Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
• Recognise the importance of literacy in our everyday lives
• To read widely for pleasure
• Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage in terms of English Literature.
Our curriculum is characterised by a high quality knowledge rich education, including the cultural capital that will help them realise their ambitions in school and beyond.
We teach all the different elements of English through a spiralised curriculum where we revisit genres and styles across the years. For example, a taster of Shakespeare’s works is taught in Year and then a full text is taught later in each year group. Similarly, war poetry is taught inKS3 and then revisited in the one of the GCSE English Literature units.
Year 7 involves a range of reading and writing techniques from a variety of forms; novels, poetry, Shakespeare, imaginative writing; and utopian and dystopian writing. Students learn to develop meta-cognition through independent work and develop literacy skills through literacy lessons which form part of the tutorial programme.
In Year 8 students consolidate and further develop their reading and writing skills through a variety of forms; persuasive writing; poetry; novels; non-fiction texts, and Shakespeare. Independent reading is emphasised and literacy skills are developed to aid extended writing.
Year 9 incorporates a higher order of reading challenge in the shape of more advanced texts. Students explore a range of texts, revisiting genres they have seen before and becoming familiar with new sources and writers.
Years 10 and 11 follow GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature. We currently use both Eduqas and Edexcel, selecting the most suitable course for the our learners.
We aim to contribute to enhancing our students’ cultural capital through enrichment and through the extraordinary diversity of texts we study. We celebrate World Book Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday. Trips include the theatre production of The Woman in Black and we promote oracy through discussion and debating and we have taken groups to the Houses of Parliament to see debating in action.
Students are taught in ability sets form Year 7 onwards.
The English curriculum is underpinned by spiralised structure which combines learning in key genres combined with reinforcing literacy skills and experiencing a range of reading texts. The spiralised structure enables our students to gain, recall and apply their learning to new and more challenging work as they progress throughout the key stages.
The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 is focused on securing the best outcomes for our students. Students complete their GCSE content by the end of the Autumn term in Year 11. This leaves a full term and a half for revision, retracing and reapplying the knowledge of the spiralised curriculum path that students have followed since Year 7.
We use the PATH assessment model in all years, and we ensure that we moderate scripts and verify standards.