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The English Department endeavours to stimulate lasting curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the subject, creating an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn and we enjoy teaching.

Varied and stimulating learning activities develop and hone skills, introducing new and exciting poets and authors as well as focussing on our cultural heritage and the classics. Non-fiction topics have been chosen to interest and engage pupils. ICT and drama skills are both used to enhance the subject.

We enrich the curriculum by providing opportunities for visits, outings, theatre trips and visiting workshops.

In all year groups students are encouraged to read independently on a regular basis; this is monitored and assessed through the Accelerated Reader Scheme which we have been running successfully for several years now. In class, a wide range of texts are read and analysed which offer a variety of writing opportunities.

All 'paths' lead to writing which is embedded in all subjects: in keeping with National Curriculum guidelines all students will be taught to write to inform/explain/describe; imagine/explore/entertain; review/analyse/comment; discuss/argue/persuade.

Year 6:
Students read, analyse and comment on a range of biographies and autobiographies as well as having the opportunity to contribute towards their own autobiography. A class novel is studied which then creates opportunities for narrative and non-fiction writing. Later in the year the formulae for traditional tales is studied before embarking upon A Midsummer Night's Dream, where students can practise their skills as thespians whilst studying one of Shakespeare's most famous romantic comedies.

Year 7:
Students read, analyse and comment on a variety of animal poetry which will then inspire them to write their own animal poems. A classical novel is studied which then creates opportunities for narrative and non-fiction writing. The literary theme continues with a range of texts from different eras and writers being studied, ranging from Shakespeare to the media. In this first year of KS3 students are encouraged to broaden their range of reading material and are introduced to the concept of essay writing, as well as writing for pleasure and non-fiction.

Year 8:
Pre and Post 20th Century Poetry is studied, with the focus of 'What is Poetry?' in the first term. Students will read, analyse and comment on a range of classical poetry and prose ranging from Dickens and Shakespeare to non-fiction and contemporary novels. All assessed work in Year 8 is collated into a portfolio for each student as they prepare to move to High School, and end of Year 8 transition exams are sat in the second half of the summer term.