Head of English: Mr C Springham
Our intent is to provide an education in English Language and English Literature which empowers students as critical and imaginative readers and writers, and as confident speakers and listeners.
In particular our students will:
- experience a range of literature from different periods, enjoying the aesthetics of literary texts and appreciating literary connections .
- understand the features of a range of non-fiction text forms, gaining agency through mastery of written and spoken communication for different purposes.
- become increasingly agile as readers, able to interpret, infer, evaluate and critique.
- practise creative exploration, adapting form, style and purpose in recreative responses.
- learn how to research topics, persuade audiences and argue a case effectively.
- gain skills in oracy, managing spoken transactions and presentation to influence and affect listeners.
- achieve versatility as learners, working independently, interdependently and collaboratively.
- value diversity, recognising and respecting different faiths, cultures and perspectives.
What is English?
English is about the development of key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is also about literature: appreciating varieties of fiction, poetry, drama and literary non-fiction; widening and deepening experience as readers and gaining the confidence and ability to read critically.
Why do we study English?
In English our aim is to equip students with the relevant skills to achieve academically, but also help them negotiate the modern world. From year 7, students develop their abilities in the core areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our lessons encourage a passion for the subject, drawing on the creativity and enthusiasm of our students and their eagerness to learn.
What do we study?
- Students learn how to read a range of texts; interpreting, inferring, analysing, evaluating and comparing. Students study the novel, poetry, drama, Shakespeare and literary non-fiction. Students learn how to write for different purposes and audiences, including narrative and descriptive writing, and writing to argue and persuade. They develop skills of sp0ken language presentation.
To view a full summary of our KS3 and KS4 English curriculum please click here
To view information about English A level at the Green School Sixth Form please click here
How do we study in English?
We study in a variety of different ways and by working individually, in pairs and in small groups. Students read a variety of texts and write for a variety of audiences and purposes. There are opportunities to use ICT but also to develop handwriting skills. Students complete shorter tasks, extended essays and longer projects.
Reading and writing skills are developed throughout Key Stages 3 and 4, as well as speaking and listening skills such as debating and public speaking. We encourage a wide reading diet of both fiction and nonfiction. Oracy and literacy skills will be developed through English and the other literacy based subjects and additional support will be provided to ensure that all boys have the skills required to underpin their academic success.
Presentation of Work
Students are given exercise books and wallet folders to keep their work. Each student’s book should be neat, legible and contain their very best work. When students are reviewing their work they must use green pen to comment on their achievements and targets.
Students may write some of their work in google documents, if not asked specifically to draft by hand. Access to chromebooks is available in some lessons and during lunch-time homework clubs; where students type their work they have a responsibility for sharing their documents with their teacher.
Home learning is an integral part of the curriculum and tasks are aimed at either consolidating knowledge from lessons or at preparing students for future learning. Tasks may involve work on key vocabulary, research of a particular idea or topic or independent reading.
- Lunch-time Literacy Club: reading widely and lovely literature.
- Hounslow Team Read: sharing reviews with readers from other schools.
- Ultimate Reading Challenge 2020: winning points in a Fantasy Fifa by reading different categories of fiction.
- Author Visit for Year 7.
- Writing for the school's 'Reach' magazine and contributing to its editorial.
How parents/carers can support their children
Parents can support their sons’ progress in English by encouraging wide reading for pleasure and information, including literature and non-fiction texts in news media. Conversations at home about reading and homework can reinforce learning at school and in the classroom, as can visits to libraries and the theatre.
Recommended reading lists for Key Stage 3 are provided by the school library and can be found below
During the Summer Term of Year 9, a finalised list of set texts and recommended editions for GCSE English Literature will be published for the information of parents who may be interested in purchasing their own; copies will be available for all students in school during Key Stage 4 (in Years 10 and 11).
Students review the quality of their learning in English against given objectives. Teachers feed forward, guiding students with spoken and written comments on how to improve skills. Formal tests in English Language and English Literature during the Summer Term give students the practice they need to develop technique and succeed in public examinations.
Careers Leading on from English
- English is certainly a subject in which employers take an interest. Skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening are relevant across the job market and are transferable from one role to another.
- English qualifications are clearly important for careers in communications, marketing, teaching and journalism, to name just some; but English is a subject which provides a foundation for a wide variety of careers.
To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here.