Curriculum Statement – English Language and Literature
Lead Teacher: Mrs S Ingham
The purpose of teaching English Literature and Language:
- To foster enjoyment of, curiosity about, interest in, understanding and a love of the English language and literature.
- To develop good communication skills by encouraging attentive and respectful listening and facilitating the ability and confidence to use language appropriately and effectively in a range of situations and for a range of purposes – both spoken and written.
- To offer insight into other people’s lives and experiences from different time periods and cultures and foster empathy for others.
- To challenge the notion of what is normal and nurture an understanding and acceptance of others.
- To develop reading skills – the ability to decipher words, understand what is read , interpret (making explicit what is implicit), personally respond to what is read, connect with characters and themes and ideas and the social and political relevance of texts, analyse, evaluate and compare texts as well as understand that behind every text there is writer intent, a purpose or purposes and how to discover this/these, and understand the importance of context (background – the author’s and the socio-historical context of when it was written as well as set).
- To develop writing skills – the ability to conceive ideas, express points and ideas clearly, organise these logically and in paragraphs, spell effectively, use capitals and punctuation and construct sentences correctly and for effect and choose vocabulary and use devices carefully to maximise its impact.
The curriculum in English is built around the reading of a variety of literature texts from early writings to modern day ones and from a variety of cultures, both fiction and non-fiction, and on discussion and exploration of these in pairs, groups and as a whole class and involves annotation of texts, creative and personal responses to them.
Necessary skills are introduced, practiced and revisited in increasingly challenging tasks so they become secure and developed.
Grammar is taught through responding to areas requiring teaching arising from work done.
In addition students are encouraged to develop problem solving skills and how to deal with unpredictability and be creative, independent and confident in their learning and tackling of tasks.
At KS4 there is more emphasis given to preparation for exams and so practicing questions and revisiting aspects of texts studied is built in to help retention of material and develop the skills needed for the exams
To enhance the development of a love of language and literature and develop English skills, students learn in a variety of ways – through games, workshop style activities, sharing ideas, evaluating each others’ work, use of drama, film, documentaries, Ted talks, Youtube, taking part in writing competitions and other community events, theatre trips and cross-curricular trips eg the Belgium trip which links to our study of war poetry, lectures, and having visiting authors and speakers.