English Subject Intent Statement:
English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Students learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.
Literature in English is rich and influential. It is then foundation of students developing a love of different texts from a range of authors and time periods that teach us about the world we live in. English combines an understanding of culture, history and sociological influences throughout the ages and explores how these elements have contributed to our sense of cultural identity. Students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers. Engaging with different fictional characters, plots, and contexts allows students to explore a wider world of possibilities, and provides invaluable insights into the lives and thoughts of others, widening horizons, revealing the world from new perspectives, and enabling readers to envisage different futures for themselves. Literature examines the human condition, and the great mysteries of existence, and through the creation of great works of art, it both ennobles and nourishes us as we go about our lives. By reading great literature, students may, in turn, become inspired to write themselves, and thus be able to develop and share their own unique insights into the world in which they live.
Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps students to decode how language works, which in turn assists us in learning new languages too. Using this understanding, students can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers. Through understanding how language can be used, both for good and bad, students can develop skills to decode any and every situation; once they understand why a choice has been made, they are able to articulate their own opinions of the world around them and challenge with purpose areas that might attempt to use language to manipulate or deceive.
Continuous Curriculum Plan - English:
Our Continuous Curriculum Plans (CCPs) navigate the academic journey of your child by subject from KS2 all the way up into KS5. They allow both staff, students and parents to be clear on what is being taught and where assessments lay in the school year, which in turn, gives students autonomy over their learning as it empowers them to prepare ahead of time.
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Miss MulqueenDirector of Learning: English