The English curriculum focuses on developing pupils’ ability to listen, speak, read and write. Our aim is to equip pupils with essential skills that will allow them to communicate effectively with others. Communication skills are developed through the explicit teaching of Speaking and Listening skills. We encourage independent skills so pupils are given differentiated tasks appropriate to their ability.
We seek to raise the attainment level of every pupil by encouraging them to develop a full range of skills and to make English engaging for pupils working at all levels. Theatre trips and visits throughout the year provide an opportunity to experience learning outside of the classroom.
The work in Years 7, 8 and 9 is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and the National Framework for English and encompasses three main areas of study: English Language, English Literature and Media Studies. The pupils will study a range of texts and writing techniques, depending upon their ability, includes practical and skills based lessons designed specifically to meet the needs of the individual.
Weekly Guided Reading sessions in small targeted groups help to develop pupils’ confidence to read and develop their understanding of age appropriate texts. The intention is also to nurture a passion for reading which we hope will stay with pupils when they leave school.
The department is well resourced. During lessons pupils can expect to use a range of interactive resources to support their learning. Pupils have regular access to ICT, which facilitates the use of word processing.
At the end of each unit of work there is an assessment appropriate to the needs of the individual. All pupils are encouraged to participate in peer and self-assessment tasks including editing of work.
Parental support is crucial to enhance pupil learning. Parents can help their child by:
- encouraging their child to follow the news, read newspapers and discuss current affairs
- promoting reading
- supporting their child to complete homework tasks.Homework tasks are set but are not compulsory, and include spelling, reading and writing differentiated for each child’s ability.