The vision of the English department is to jump-start the transformational education that the rest of the curriculum at Reach Academy Feltham can offer. The curriculum promotes excellence in reading, writing, speaking and listening whilst simultaneously providing immersion into a rich and varied set of topics to build cultural capital for all students.
Developing excellent literacy skills will dramatically improve the life chances of our students. We therefore use a systematic programme of spelling, punctuation and grammar, which is frequently assessed and allows pupils to develop a high level of accuracy and control in their writing and speaking to enable them to pursue any discipline in higher education.
The department instills a love
of reading in students which will allow them to explore the world, past and present, through a wide range of te
xts. Reading across genres, times and cultures will build knowledge acquisition and emotional maturity. We want all students to become life-long readers who explore literature in all its forms.
We will also engage students in a love of the written word and the beauty of manipulating language as well as an appreciation of the diversity of spoken language and the power it can hold. Pupils will emerge with enjoyment in expressing themselves articulately and eloquently through language.
After backwards planning from University courses, and exploring the elements of these that English students found the most challenging, within lessons, there is a focus on extended reading and writing from Year 7, and as pupils get older, a focus on including literary theory.
Our curriculum is thematic, and we teach skills through literature. At KS4, we are following the new AQA syllabus, and teaching with a focus on conflict in literature.
Monsters and Myths: The BFG
Journeys: Poetry, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Heroes and Villains: Iqbal, The Tempest
Crime and Punishment: Merchant of Venice
Identity: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Conflict: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
London: Romantic Poetry and Creative Writing
The Afterlife: More Than This
Power and Conflict Poetry
Conflict in Society: Lord of the Flies
Conflicting Emotions: Romeo and Juliet
Conflicted Identities: Jane Eyre
Trips and Enrichment
Within Key Stage 3, there are opportunities to visit the Globe Theatre, the Museum of London, and engage in creative writing outside of school. At Key Stage 4, we will be working with First Story this year to produce a digital anthology of our Year 10s creative writing.