Subject Leaders - Ms F. Beresford and Miss N. Williams
Our aim in English is to inspire and motivate our students to develop the skills they need to understand, analyse and compose a variety of different texts for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Through an innovative and inclusive curriculum, students are equipped with a strong command of written and spoken language, underpinned by high standards of literacy, and an appreciation of literature and reading for pleasure. Smithills English Department provides the rigor and challenge necessary for students to succeed alongside developing a lifelong passion for the study of English and an understanding of its literary heritage.
Our students study three hours of English, every week, in Years 7 and 8, four hours of English in Year 9 and five hours in Years 10 and 11. The curriculum is designed to challenge pupils and sustain pupils’ progress over a five-year flight path. At KS3 the subject is broken down into four key areas, or concepts, that are fundamental to an understanding of English (see KS3 English for further details and curriculum plans). These concepts enable students to develop their core skills alongside acquiring essential subject knowledge, which pupils need to succeed in English. In Years 10-11 pupils continue this conceptualised approach to English under the AQA English Literature and Language specification (see KS4 English for further details).
Students work in streamlined mixed ability groups, in both ‘b’ and ‘c’ bands, to ensure every learner has the opportunity to reach their full potential. In addition, we offer intervention classes at KS3 and KS4 to support and challenge learners to achieve their full potential. This allows us to tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of all our students.
Homework is set regularly to ensure pupils can consolidate their learning at all stages of their educational development. English homework for your child's class can be viewed on Show My Homework, an online homework calendar used by all departments in the school to create, record and monitor homework.
The English department arranges a variety of extra-curricular activities throughout the academic year such as theatre trips, visiting speakers, performers and learning workshops. We also offer a range of extra-curricular clubs such as Magistrates Mock Trials and Scrabble Club. All of these fantastic opportunities are used to enhance the engagement and learning of all of our students in English. Please see here for further information regarding our extra-curricular provision.
Please see our English Department Noticeboard for all the latest news from our department.