English

Aims

KS3

By the end of Key Stage 3, pupils should be confident and reflective readers, able to grasp the dominant attitudes and ideas in texts and explore the process of ‘crafting’ in an independent and critical way. Their writing should demonstrate a high level of competence in technical accuracy and an ability to write confidently across a range of genres.

KS4

Through the study of English, pupils learn about themselves, other people and society at large; past and present. Language is at the heart of every important aspect of human life and its study contributes towards the personal development of pupils in many unique and fundamental ways. English should introduce pupils to a rich and varied literary canon enabling them to become confident, fluent and life-long readers. Through the exploration, analysis and celebration of language in its many forms, pupils should come to appreciate its power, effectiveness, beauty and versatility. They should become skilful and effective communicators with the ability to use language accurately, purposefully and flexibly.

KS5 – English Language

As a student of English Language you will come to realise that every word we say or write is a choice. You will learn new ways to analyse those choices as well as developing your own creative writing skills.

How have the huge advances in communication technology changed the way we use language? Why do you only call your mother ‘Mummy’ when you want something? When a woman drops a hint, why is it that a man never picks it up? And when someone looks outside and says that it’s raining cats and dogs… why don’t we immediately phone the RSPCA? In English Language you will learn the answers to all of these questions and many more.

KS5 – English Literature

Novels, poems and plays are powerful things. It is remarkable to think that somebody writing on the other side of the world or 400 years ago can make us laugh or cry or change the way we see the world – and all of that simply with words.

On this course you will discover some of the most remarkable pieces of classic and contemporary literature ever written. You will learn how writers carefully control their use of language, form and structure. You will see that literary texts are always open to a range of different interpretations. You will also find out about the importance of the time and place a book is written and read and how literature is often shaped by the writer’s own experience.