Language and Literature embrace a large moral and civic universe. Knowledge of language, and the ability to be an effective communicator and decoder of language, empowers the individual and is the key to becoming an active member of a civilised and civilising society. We will strive to create engaging and challenging opportunities for students to become active, confident users, learners and makers of modes of discourse.
Year 7 and 8 students follow a series of carefully designed programmes of study that provide opportunities to explore a wide range of texts, from novels, plays and poetry to non-fiction, film and the new media. Students also receive up-to-the-minute teaching and learning approaches designed to develop essential literacy skills and the ability to write for a range of purposes and audiences; finally, the skills and techniques of speaking & listening and drama are embedded in everything we do.
In addition to their mainstream English curriculum, Year 7 and 8 students follow a formalised Accelerated Reading programme designed to both foster a love of reading and to develop essential comprehension and information retrieval and synthesis skills. Students' reading habits and abilities are tracked and encouraged and a wide range of online quizzes and motivational strategies are deployed to ensure students make reading a habitual part of their lives.
The programme provides a vital boost in students' motivation and self-esteem and also seeks to thoroughly challenge and recognise the endeavours of our more able students.
Year 9 students receive a year-long carousel curriculum in preparation for GCSE. As a result, a strong emphasis is placed on independent study, team work and project-based activity. The five topics of study are:
- Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural debate within Literature
- Modern Drama
- Media and Social Debate
- Re-creative Writing and Literacy
By the end of Year 9 all students are expected to have become the independent and committed learners that the challenging GCSE curriculum requires.
KS4 & GCSE
Years 10 and 11 are principally based on the requirements of the AQA GCSE specifications. Almost all students follow a dual route, gaining two GCSEs by the time they finish Year 11: English Language and English Literature. They are assessed by a combination of Controlled Assessment and external examinations.
In line with changes to GCSE specifications, our exams will be linear from 2014 onwards.
Underpinning the entire English curriculum is a firm focus on the skills of Drama, Oracy and Debate as we strongly believe in the power of the spoken word and the importance of gaining confidence, self-awareness and an implicit understanding of the needs of others. We are a very creative and dynamic teaching team and as such, our lessons are varied, active and often call upon students to engage in the learning in unusual ways. In addition, we aim to provide as many out-of-classroom learning experiences as possible by taking advantage of our privileged central London location. These range from theatre trips and poetry workshops to Drama productions and Literature walks around London.
For further information about English qualifications please contact Mr R Giovanelli.
Year 8 performing poetry
Year 8 St Thomas More students performing their poetry at the RBKC’s WW1 commemorative event at Cadogan Hall.