The broad aims of the English Curriculum are:
- To engage with and enjoy the English language and its literature in all its varieties
- To develop the necessary skills needed to respond to and understand oral, written and visual language.
The key strands of oral, written and visual language form the basis for study. These strands will be developed at each level as students progress through the school.
The focus for study and skill development at all year levels includes:
Year 9 and Year 10 English
- Reading– including weekly sustained silent reading in the Reading Room, and the Year 9 ‘Reading Fitness’ programme
- Writing – formal and poetic (including a writing folio)
- Using language, symbols and texts, and digital citizenship skills to explore, investigate and research
- Exploring the world of literature by responding to independently chosen books. Students select from a range of digital and conventional tools to present their responses to texts
- Creating visual texts
- Oral language activities (including speaking to small and large groups, dramatic monologues, vlogs speeches and oral presentations
- Viewing – a wide range of visual texts will be analysed
- Independent and collaborative project-based learning with a focus on reading short texts about culture and identity.