English at Rowan High School…

English is as the heart of everything we do in life. It is the foundation of all other subjects and we use its written and spoken forms in order to present ourselves to the world outside school and to achieve academically.
We promote to foster a love and understanding of the English language and notable works of literature amongst students of all ages and abilities. We aim to guide students to success, both academically and towards an enjoyment and love of literature and its possibilities.  We want our students to become effective communicators in order that they are empowered to engage fully in our wider community. We hope to inspire students to develop their skills beyond school and into their adult lives.

If you have any further questions please direct them to Mrs Wellens at school who will be happy to help.

Intent

The intent of the English curriculum is to enlighten students with a range of new and interesting concepts, through the study of language and literature. Their studies will enable them to explore the wider world through the telescope of language and literature, broadening their knowledge and experiences. The curriculum aims to instil a real passion for English as a subject of study.

The English curriculum has been designed to enable students to explore a wide range of both non-fiction and literary texts, which encompass wider topics and themes relevant to the world around us. Pupils will develop their comprehension, critical, evaluative and analytical reading skills; helping them to cultivate a greater understanding of a range of topics and concepts.

Their exposure to a variety of subject matters and themes will empower students to develop their own personal opinions and views. The English curriculum aims to provide students with the skills to air their views in

a variety of both formal and informal settings. These are skills that they will be able to use both in further educational and vocational settings.

The curriculum also aims to support students in the development of their own creative writing skills; providing them with opportunities to create a range of non-fiction and fictional texts. It aims to build upon students’ primary literacy education and continue to build a strong foundation of literacy skills, which they can utilise in their wider curriculum and also as they progress into adult life.

Implementation

A varied and differentiated delivery of the curriculum is imperative at Rowan High School, as we have pupils who range from Entry Level ability to that of GCSE and potentially A-Level, as our school community expands. Therefore, students are exposed to the same broad range of topics and texts however, the delivery of these varies greatly according to pupils’ ability and understanding. This is to ensure that the students are able to experience the same broad range of classical and contemporary texts and concepts, however it is delivered to students on a level which they can access.

The curriculum is continuously adapted and refined to ensure that it incorporates a range of both classical and contemporary texts, which will broaden the knowledge of our pupils and ensure that they are consistently challenged. The interesting topics and texts covered in the curriculum aim to awaken pupils’ curiosity, intrigue and reflection; they also allow students to make connections with other subjects and topics across the

curriculum.

The English curriculum is carefully structured to allow pupils to continuously build upon skills and knowledge that they have already obtained. The structure and content of the curriculum allows our students to develop into critical and evaluative readers as well as confident and skilled writers.

Formative and summative assessments are carefully mapped out across the academic year to ensure that students’ learning and understanding is monitored and measured; importantly, assessments also provide opportunities to address any misinterpretations.

Impact

The curriculum at Rowan High School is designed to support and challenge all of our students to reach the optimum levels of achievement, overcoming their potential barriers to education. Pupils not only develop strong literacy, oracy, reading and writing skills but also, a greater understanding of the wider world around us. They are not only provided with the tools to succeed in examinations (that will assist them in progressing further in their education) but also the tools to become independent and skilled members of our adult society.

The structure of the assessments at Rowan High School, allows students with poor basic reading and writing skills to be identified early. Planned subsequent interventions enable us to equip and support students with essential skills which empower them to become independent learners who are able to access much more of their education. Likewise, assessments are also used to ensure that all pupils are being challenged; following assessments, they are provided with specific and tailored targets which reflect their individual needs.

Curriculum Overview at Each Key Stage

Year 7:

During year seven pupils explore a range of interesting texts including a novel (which is frequently updated), Shakespeare’s The Tempest, modern poetry and a selection of exciting non-fiction texts linked to holiday and travel. Lessons generally focus on building upon the spoken language, comprehension, basic analysis skills and creative writing skills obtained during their primary education.

Year 8:

During year eight pupils explore a range of interesting texts including a novel (which is frequently updated), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, culturally diverse poetry and a range of fictional and factual texts with the theme of power and science fiction. Pupils work hard to enhance their spoken language, evaluative, analysis and comparative analysis reading skills. In addition, lessons provide opportunities for pupils to enhance their non-fiction original writing skills.

Year 9:

During year nine pupils explore a range of fictional and factual texts with the themes of war and detectives. Towards the latter part of the year, pupils also study Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Lessons aim to build upon and improve students’ spoken language, comparative language and structural analysis skills. Additionally, there are also opportunities for students to develop their imaginative writing skills.

Year 10:

During year ten students explore a range of texts including Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, poetry and extracts related to the themes of power, conflict, music and crime. At this point in students’ academic journeys they begin to complete assessments relating to their bespoke pathways; these may include Entry Level, Functional Skills, GCSE English Literature and/or GCSE English language.

Year 11:

During year 11 students explore a range of texts including Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, factual and fictional texts relating to the environment and the themes of love and hate. During this year, students continue to progress through their bespoke assessment pathways; this involves them completing assessments for either Entry Level, Functional Skills, GCSE English Literature or GCSE Language accreditation.

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