Ensuring that our curriculum is engaging, broad and relevant is one of our key priorities: recently, we have revisited both the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 programmes of study and have adjusted units of work accordingly, making sure that all of the work that students complete in Years 7, 8 and 9 afford them the opportunity to develop vital skills in preparation for their GCSE studies – we waste no time and truly believe that every moment with our students matters.
Below are details of our department’s programmes of study; you can see that we design our units of work to ensure that the English curriculum is fresh and keeps students engaged in their learning throughout the academic year:
All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will take part in the Accelerated Reader programme. It is imperative that our students foster a love for literature and, along with the whole school Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) focus, Accelerated Reader encourages pupils to read on a daily basis, all with a view to improving their reading levels which, in return, will not only help improve their levels of attainment in English but across the entire curriculum. In accordance with this programme, we aim to provide enrichment opportunities for all of our students; these include author visits, the Lancashire Book of the Year event, and a reading ambassadors programme – last year our students were given the opportunity to interact with 65 authors (including poets, manga artists and ex-rappers) at the Children’s Literature Festival at Broughton Hall. Furthermore, at Key Stage 4, we are always looking for ways in which to bring the texts students are studying to life: in recent years we have both gone on theatre trips and have also invited local acting companies into school to perform the plays / novels that our GCSE students are studying – these are always well received and give our students memories that will last a lifetime!
Within our English department we also offer two additional courses: GCSE Media Studies and GCSE Film Studies. These two courses are extremely attractive to students and allow pupils at Fisher More the opportunity to study subjects which are completely relevant to their lives in the 21st Century. Both of these GCSEs allow students to develop their analytical skills (which is a bonus for English lessons!) and their practical capabilities – students really enjoy studying theoretical frameworks and analysing existing media products before going on to create their very own media text, whether that be a marketing campaign consisting of movie posters and trailers, or their very own magazine. Either way, it’s a big win, win for our students.