The English Curriculum seeks to ‘Educate for Life’ by ensuring that all students study examples of the most ‘beautiful’ and ‘best’ that has ever been written thus equipping them with essential knowledge to engage critically with the world around them. We begin in year 07 with translations of influential ancient texts such as Homer’s The Odyssey, Simon Armitage’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar leading up to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were watching God. We look at how these ‘canonical’ texts, as well as the most inspiring pieces of non- fiction, have shaped literary history and how writers have used their voice to reflect the social realities of their time, to inspire social change and to express hope for the future.
Using the ‘best and most beautiful’ examples of texts in the English literary heritage, we seek to ensure students become confident and skilful readers and writers by focussing on the essential core concepts of metaphor, story, argument, pattern, grammar and context. Students are encouraged to discuss and share their opinions regularly in lessons and beyond. We also know that a true love of literature is fostered not only by excellent classroom learning, but in seeing our favourite texts come alive through theatre visits, visiting authors and many creative writing competitions. Our curriculum is dynamic and we are continually developing to ensure the best experience for students, so be sure to check back regularly for updates to the curriculum journey.