Through engaging with literature, through oracy and through their own writing, pupils develop the confidence to express themselves with clarity and authenticity.
According to the French writer and filmmaker, Jean Cocteau, “A poet is a liar who always tells the truth.” In an age where the online spread of information has created so much uncertainty and ‘fake news’, the moral and human truths explored in English Literature are more vital and relevant than ever. In addition, the discipline and skills required for focused analysis and argument will benefit study across the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to evaluate and question language and learn how it can be used to promote and negate moral issues. Through engaging with literature, through oracy and through their own writing, pupils develop the confidence to express themselves with clarity and authenticity.
Our aim in Key Stage 3 is to engage and enthral pupils, as well as to help them to tighten their control of critical and written skills. We have regular library lessons when we monitor, encourage and challenge pupils to reflect upon their reading habits; we also intertwine the study of literature with regular and repetitive spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons to encourage technical accuracy and increase vocabulary.
In Year 10 and 11, we will follow the AQA specification; lessons will be divided between literature and language and will culminate in examinations at the end of Year 11.
Mrs S Barrington
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