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English Language and English Literature

Through literature writers explore the timelessness of human emotions.’

As English teachers we seek to enthuse students with a lifelong love of language and literature; to inspire them to express themselves fluently and prepare them to become confident, articulate members of society. 

We provide an enriching aesthetic experience by offering a broad, balanced, and relevant curriculum in which differentiation is possible, and progression and continuity discernible.  From year 7 onwards students are introduced to texts from the canon in addition to writers from the 20th and 21st centuries to provide both breadth and a rich and diverse cultural experience. 

The following skills underpin students’ ability to access, enjoy and respond to the texts that are studied:

  • read, understand, enjoy, and respond to a wide range of texts
  • appreciate the ways in which writers achieve their effects
  • construct and convey meaning in written and spoken language using appropriate grammar and Standard English where appropriate, matching style and form to audience and purpose
  • critique their own work and work by others in a constructive and thoughtful manner
  • appreciate the linguistic and cultural diversity of society through the range of literature selected for study
  • understand the spoken word and develop their capacity to participate effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities, matching style and response to audience and purpose
  • articulate experience and express what they feel and imagine
  • understand, order and present facts, ideas and opinions
  • recognise implicit as well as explicit meanings
  • write fluently and legibly, presenting their finished work appropriately, clearly and attractively.

We measure success by reference to a wide range of criteria. 

These include the following:

  • enthusiasm for the subject
  • intrinsic pleasure in words
  • familiarity with works of literature
  • compulsion to read widely and a willingness to share this enjoyment with others
  • increased self-confidence in articulating taste and opinion
  • sense of achievement from fulfilling tasks
  • self-esteem based on increased knowledge and skills
  • students’ high expectations
  • fulfilment of students’ intellectual potential
  • successfully meeting the relevant marking criteria.

Learning Journey for English. This breaks down what will be learnt in each year group in a clear and concise format. The learning journeys are a work in progress and will be updated throughout the year.

Please find below the full details of the course in our: English Curriculum and Assessment booklet