The study of English is essentially the study of language and communication – the very heartbeat of our existence!
We use language to communicate and interact with the world around us daily, in a wide range of situations and formats, from reading a newspaper to talking to friends. In English, we study the effective use of language: as a reader, as a writer, as a speaker and as a listener.
At Lowton CE High, we strive to develop our students’ communication skills and to encourage an enjoyment of independent reading and independent thought through the study of a wide range of texts and other media, engaging with sensitive and thought-provoking issues, alongside an exploration of diverse writing styles.
At Key Stage 3 our curriculum gives our students the opportunity to engage with a range of different novels, plays, poems and non-fiction texts to broaden and challenge their skills and viewpoints. Students have the opportunity to write stories, poems and play scripts, in addition to non-fiction styles, such as letters, articles and speeches. This is developed further in Key Stage 4 where we follow the Eduqas English Language and Literature GCSE curriculum.
In an ever-changing, competitive world, language and communication skills – writing, reading, speaking and listening – are absolutely vital to success, in the workplace, in the community, in the world.
Subject Key Aims
- To be able to use language effectively and appropriately in a wide range of contexts.
- To be able to express oneself accurately, in written and spoken form.
- To understand and appreciate a wide range of literature, from historical sources to contemporary writers.
- To experience the pleasure of reading for enjoyment.
- ‘Myself’ – a unit exploring autobiography
- ‘Fear’ – studying a gothic novel and writing in the gothic genre
- ‘Other Cultures’ exploring a range of poems from round the world
- Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’
- ‘Secrets, mysteries and spies’ – Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Stormbreaker’: looking at how tension is created and writing formal reports
- Travel – reading and writing in a range of styles from persuasion to review
- ‘Childhood’ – a study of poems based on childhood
- Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’
- 20th Century Reading – studying extracts from fiction written in the 20th century
- Creative Prose Writing – writing short stories
- 19th and 21st Century non-fiction reading – studying a range of non-fiction written across the two centuries
- Transactional writing – writing articles, speeches, letters etc.
- Speaking and listening – students must give a speech on a topic of their choice and take questions from the audience
English Literature Eduqas
- Shakespeare play e.g. “Romeo and Juliet” or “Macbeth”
- ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens 19th Century Pose
- ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell or “An Inspector Calls” by J.B Priestley Post 1914 drama
- Poetry – Literary canon, modern and unseen poetry