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.
Pupils either follow the AQA GCSE English course or are entered for OCR Entry Level English. The aim is to include Functional English within the Key Stage 4 Curriculum to enable all pupils to take a further Entry Level or Level 1 qualification.
Assessment is carried out using external accreditation from AQA and OCR respectively.
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 affair
- 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.