Intent

The overarching intent for English is to promote a love of subject: English Language and English Literature. Within our subject we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop their interpretation and analytical skills
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary; an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Develop their own cultural capital through accessing texts set in a different social and historical context
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Develop a love of writing for pleasure and joy and appreciate the written word as a means of expression
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Appreciate complex themes and ideas that have been expressed throughout history in literature
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
  • Appreciate that language has, and continues to, develop over time evolving new forms of expression and communication