Aims and Philosophy
The aim of the English department is to enable all students to become independent and take responsibility for their learning. We understand that all pupils have individual needs and by personalising the curriculum it allows us to meet these needs. Personalisation builds confidence because it enables students to create their own personal strategies for problem solving and the acquisition of news skills. In English students are encouraged to become active and engaged critical assessors of their own and other’s work, this develops the self-assessment skills of students and encourages them to become reflective learners. Independent reading is also an important way for pupils to become more independent in their learning. Pupils are encouraged to select texts of their own choice to read for pleasure at home, this encourages enquiry in to different genres and reflection on ideas that have been presented to them through the different novels.
English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is essential for learning in all curriculum subjects. Literature in English is rich and influential. Pupils will learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. Pupils will be expected to read widely from fiction and non-fiction texts in school and for homework. A list of novels recommended for reading outside of school can be found here.All pupils will work towards Cambridge IGCSE qualifications in English Language and English Literature.
Pupils will learn to express themselves clearly and accurately in spoken and written communication adapting their speech and writing to a wide range of situations within the classroom and beyond. They will be expected to give speeches, participate in debates, discussions and role play.
In their written work, pupils will be expected to show that they have a secure knowledge of the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation and there will be regular homework on these essential aspects of the English language. Pupils will be expected to use their imagination and critical thinking skills to communicate ideas and interpretations, to create settings, storylines and characters and to challenge ideas using logic, evidence or argument.
To encourage reading for pleasure a Reading Room has been created in the department. This room is equipped with a wide range of books, sofa and bean bags to create a comfortable and relaxed reading environment. The school has also bought into the Accelerated Reader Programme which is designed to motivate students of all ages and abilities to read more suitable challenging books. This in turn fosters and develops a love of reading in students, while raising literacy standards and diagnosing problems to help direct ongoing reading practice.
Click here for a list of recommended reading