Curriculum Intent

We study English to create, embed and develop a love of English Language and Literature through an appreciation of the importance of English in everyday life. We embed a culture of interdependent and independent oracy to help students to express themselves, communicate and articulate themselves formally and to create a culture that helps students thrive and aspire beyond their school years, regardless of their route through life.

We explore a wide range of topics and events (in a holistic, sensitive way) from both past and present, to encourage students to empathise with others and grow from the mistakes that have been made in the past. We appraise social class across a range of eras and their impacts; evaluate how societies have changed across time and discuss the way that literature has acted to ease troubles, both personally and on a greater scale. Through this, the Grace values are used to build students who have a moral compass which cements the foundations to become a considerate citizen.

We scaffold and evolve skills each year so that every student can build their skillset to be in a position to contribute to society and grow as a person. Knowledge is embedded to allow students to formulate their own ideas; mastery and retrieval are built into the curriculum to allow students to apply their skills and foster a resilience that matures beyond adolescence.

We critically scrutinise some of the greatest literary minds (past and present) and their plays, stories, poems and novels to write about the impacts that literature has had on the world. This base is the soil from which students build deep roots in English before flourishing and achieving their potential, both academically and as people in society.

Resources

5 year Curriculum Map

Curriculum Progression of Skills