As English teachers we are initially involved with a learning process that aims to value, and give status to, the language and culture that the individual child brings to the classroom. In addition to drawing on this rich diversity of experience we wish also to create purposeful contexts in which independent and collaborative learning can occur – including the way we are seen to work alongside students.
We remain alert to the fact that children learn more effectively in situations where they are given regular opportunities to express themselves openly, and where enjoyment is the underlying principle. Equally important is the way we seek to build up levels of linguistic competency and critical literacy that will enable them to gain success in their school careers, in accordance with their abilities, and be fully prepared for life beyond, including Further /Higher Education and employment.
The statements that follow represent the guiding principles behind our work in English, in keeping with the respective whole school policies as well as reflecting the perceived direction of the subject, both locally and nationally.
- The English classroom offers opportunities for active learning; to this end, a wide range of strategies and resources are incorporated
- Friendship groupings are not the only way of working – each individual should be prepared to work with anyone else within the class
- The importance of Standard English is emphasised as a key requirement within the linguistic repertoire and development of each student
- Language and Literature is integral and open to all students, with dual certification available at KS4
- The Programme of Study for KS3 and KS4 underpins all lessons, including learning related to word, sentence and whole text
- Assessment for learning is used in every lesson, including group work, questioning, and peer- and self-assessment
- English lessons provide opportunities for students to cover the range of personal learning targets: independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, team workers, self-managers and effective participants.
- Students are offered a wide range of opportunities to develop their oracy in a number of different contexts, including dramatic and those relating to the world beyond school
- A variety of reading activities promote independent, group and whole class reading, in addition to the promotion of reading at home
- ICT is used where appropriate to support and develop the students’ learning, with opportunities given to classes to use the ICT suite