English

Our vision is to ensure our learners to become self-assured orators, readers and writers equipped to thrive in life outside our school. It is of critical importance that all of our learners develop their literacy skills to equip them with the essential life skills they need to succeed in their next steps and beyond. Our learners will experience a wide range of texts, including Shakespearian texts, Victorian literature and a range of texts that include knowledge of changing cultures through the years up to contemporary literature. The texts our learners study aim to advance their social, cultural and emotional understanding and does this through the study of writers from the Literary Canon to contemporary writers.  We also encourage our learners to access a wide range of factual reading and polemic non-fiction texts to prepare them for life and the world of work, helping them to form intellectual opinions on a wide range of topics.

Development and explicit teaching of vocabulary is a key element of our intent, which is built into every scheme of learning our teachers deliver.  We aim to close the vocabulary poverty gap by developing mastery of a wide range of tier 2 and 3 vocabulary through both reading, writing and application.

Oracy is developed throughout the year in every year group. This is developed in a variety of forms and will include opportunities for pupils to develop their oracy skills in English lessons as well as other departmental areas, with focused development of spoken language through application of the cumulative vocabulary we aim to build across every subject area.

Regular opportunities to develop extended writing will enable the development of both creative and functional writing tasks and students to apply and solidify their knowledge at each stage, resulting in mastery of the English curriculum.

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