The English curriculum will enable our students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners and linguists.
It is our intention to immerse our learners in the wonders of high quality texts in order to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination. It is an exciting combination of culture, history, reality and make believe. Reading allows us to escape to far reaching places and explore new worlds as writers take us to different places, times and realities. This helps to develop our appreciation for others as well as learn more about ourselves by exploring our own reactions to new beliefs, traditions and ways of life. We ensure that all our learners receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve in the academy and beyond. In a world that is always changing, English is a subject that keeps up. Language evolves with us and therefore there is always something new to discover.
English Literature allows students to gain an understanding of ideas, themes, cultures and perspectives across time through their presentation in fiction and non-fiction texts. It provides students with opportunities to read a rich and diverse range of texts that allow students to explore how views and attitudes have changed. Through these texts, students throughout their time in the academy will gain a wider understanding of what events shaped these changes in literature and how the texts are still relevant today.
English Language initially teaches children how to read and write accurately, fluently, and with comprehension. Over time it also provides students with an understanding of where their language comes from (the origins) and how language is used (in both spoken and written forms). It allows students to understand word meanings and how words can be used in different contexts and for different purposes. Further to this, students will explore how words can be used to create ambiguity, humour, bias and power. Through a secure understanding of how language can be used, students will become competent at communicating with others as well as interpreting what others say.