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 curriculum and have adjusted units of work accordingly, making sure that all of the work that pupils 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 pupils matters.
Below are details of our department’s curriculum overview; 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 pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will take part in the Accelerated Reader programme. It is imperative that our pupils 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 pupils; these include author visits, the Lancashire Book of the Year event, and a reading ambassadors programme – last year our pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils are studying – these are always well received and give our pupils memories that will last a lifetime!
Within our English department we also offer an additional course: GCSE Media Studies. This course is extremely attractive to pupils and allow pupils at Fisher More the opportunity to study subjects which are completely relevant to their lives in the 21st Century. The GCSE Media Studies course allows pupils to develop their analytical skills (which is a bonus for English lessons!) and their practical capabilities – pupils 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 pupils.