Why do we study English at Christ’s College?
The intent of the English Curriculum at Christ’s College is to enable students to leave school equipped with the skills to communicate successfully and with confidence in our modern world. We aim for our students to become articulate speakers and to realise the power of language, able to use it sensitively, creatively and meaningfully to achieve success.
Throughout Key Stage 3 and GCSE students will encounter and explore a range of fictional genres including adventure, science fiction, mystery war and horror, affording them the opportunity to experience a wide range of modern and classic texts within these genres and igniting a love for reading and encouraging empathy and tolerance. Alongside this, students will study in-depth one modern novel, a modern play and a Shakespeare play each year, broadening their reading experience. In addition, non-fiction units help students see the purpose of English skills beyond that of school. They will explore language development, travel writing, the language of news/journalism and language in a business and political context, with its power to persuade, manipulate and sell. Throughout their reading students will learn to analyse the writer’s craft, to read with insight exploring both explicit and implicit meanings and to explore the effects created by the writers. Reading is the skill which underpins success in all subjects and every opportunity is taken to promote reading and its importance. Students are encouraged and supported to develop their reading skills and are supported through the Accelerated reader programme and out school Learning Resource Centre.
Alongside this, students will also develop their skills as writers, learning to adapt and structure their writing for a range of purposes and audiences and developing their own voice. Students will practise communicating their ideas accurately and convincingly in a range of contexts and forms including creative writing and business communications. Through their literature studies they will develop as critical writers able to use an academic and formal tone in preparation for further studies should they wish to do so.
In summary, in the modern world which is increasingly saturated with methods of communication, we aim for students to emerge as critical thinkers, empathetic and judicious readers skilful writers and articulate speakers with all the communications skills necessary for success.
Primary English Lead: Miss A McKee
Primary Phonics Lead: Mrs R Clayton
Secondary Faculty Lead: Ms C Hodgson
Secondary English Teacher: Mrs A Morrell