Our English curriculum aims to develop students’ critical reading skills by viewing every text studied as a ‘construct’ with a deliberate authorial intention. Students will be taught to confidently analyse texts by thinking deeply about the effect of literary techniques employed by writers and always consider the “why”. Our English curriculum is inclusive and aims to expose students to a range of different cultures and attitudes, which will reinforce some of their own ideas and challenge them to think critically. This will support their understanding of themselves as well as the world around them. Moreover, students will utilise their knowledge of text construction to analyse, evaluate and compare the ways in which writers present thematic ideas, with a sharp focus on authorial intent.
The ability to write confidently for a wide range of audiences and purposes will be taught with students developing their vocabulary and applying it relevantly to a range of written tasks. Writing tasks will be geared towards academic writing and preparing them for the wider world. They will be able to consciously craft pieces using their knowledge of linguistic devices.
As a result of strong grammatical and technical knowledge of components, pupils will be competent within a range of intertextual disciplines from Year 7 through to Year 13.