“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”
Rita Mae Brown (writer, activist, feminist)
Our English curriculum is richly diverse, requiring students, over time, to develop a critical line of enquiry. This ability to question imaginatively begins early, with students gaining a secure knowledge of literary concepts and an understanding of the historical and contextual factors that shape and influence canonical heritage literature giants like Shakespeare and Dickens, or more modern authors like Priestley and Golding.
Through our cumulative, frequently revisited and interleaved reading curriculum, students rapidly build and acquire a deepening cultural capital and word richness through studying and analysing Shakespeare’s tragedies and timeless 19th Century literary classics, becoming fluent readers for pleasure.
Through deliberate practice of writing for a range of purposes and audiences and critiquing their own spoken language, students become articulate at communicating their own concepts and ideas in both personal and professional settings, thereby developing their own unique character and preparing them for any career as accomplished speakers, readers and writers in the modern world. Students will develop a love of reading and writing and become critical thinkers who question the world around them.
Each department has carefully developed curriculum plans in line with our curriculum intent. The curriculum overview for each year group in this subject can be found below.