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Our Curriculum intent for English is to inspire, engage and challenge. We aim to develop independent, creative and critical learners with an appreciation for a breadth of texts which are diverse, culturally-engaging and rich in issues of social justice.
We aim to enable all students to master the English language and to use the knowledge and skills acquired to access outstanding outcomes. As a team we strive to deliver innovative, dynamic and consistent practice whilst ensuring we review and evolve our curriculum and pedagogy. Equally, we have a passionate vision to allow students opportunities for excellence through developing relationships and becoming Active Citizens outside of the classroom.
For further information about the English curriculum please contact Charlotte Bateson C.Bateson@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk.
Download the English Long Term Curriculum Plan for Years 7-11. An overview of the English curriculum is shown below.
View and download our Year 11 English revision resources to help you prepare for your exams.
Examples of work
Frederick, Year 7 - Transactional Writing
Nathan, Year 7 - Autobiography, Transactional Writing
Creative writing, Year 7 - Myths and Legends
Ahmad, Year 7 - Using point, evidence and explanation to analyse language
Cem, Year 8 - Creative writing
Marshall, Year 10 - A response to written feedback and a Dedicated Improvement Task
Mohammed, Year 10 - A GCSE exam response to a Shakespeare literature question focusing on language analysis
Jem, Year 10 - A high grade piece of narrative writing with an example of peer marking and marking for SPAG
Jem, Year 10 - A response to a range of GCSE Language Paper 1 questions focusing on structural analysis and evaluation of a text
Every student receives two pieces of homework per week from English. One homework task will always be based on their current learning from their lessons. The other homework task will always be to read for one hour a week. Students are encouraged to read a whole range of different texts that challenge them and expose them to developed vocabulary. Broadsheet newspapers are particularly effective in helping raise a student’s reading abilities, but we strongly urge students to read what they enjoy.
You can see more examples of homework in all our subjects in our homework portfolio.
English is a crucial subject and significantly increases a student’s employability later in life. Students who do well in English are given fantastic opportunities to pursue a number of careers. Some examples are listed below:
- Professions (law, human resources, banking, accountancy, insurance)
- Public sector (administration, civil service, health service, local government, police, armed forces)
- Teaching (schools, colleges, universities, teaching English aboard)
- Media (journalism, publishing, television and radio, copywriting, events management)
- Influencing (advertising, public relations, marketing, retail management, sales)
- Helping (social work, youth work, probation work, nursing, housing)
- Information (librarianship, archives, information officer, bookseller)
English is also a subject which can be taken to a high academic level with students studying MAs and PhDs.