English Curriculum Intent Statement
In English, our intent is to promote a love of the English language and literary heritage from across the world. By encouraging a passion for reading, writing and speaking, we aim to broaden pupils’ minds; to enable them to become culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually intelligent members of society.
The overarching vision for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, so they become effective communicators in the wider world and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop their critical awareness and viewpoints. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
The following key skills are studied and developed from Year 7 through to Year 13. This is achieved through the use of prose, drama, poetry, fiction and non-fiction covering a literary timeline that extends from Chaucer up to modern times.