Introduction to English

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

Robert Maynard Hutchins

English is a thriving and lively area at Litherland High where we strive to ensure that students enjoy our subject and progress in all lessons. We pride ourselves on our strong relationships with students and our commitment to improving standards of teaching and learning.

Students are encouraged and expected to achieve in all aspects of this subject. To ensure this happens, teaching staff cater for the personal needs of individual students by using a range of teaching and learning styles. This may mean that students are asked to work individually or in groups, or it may mean using our dedicated ICT area to access key information from other sources. Whatever the strategy is, we believe students will agree that English lessons are enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.

English is a subject that is crucial to students’ understanding of themselves, the wider world and their place within it. It allows them to develop their powers of imagination and creativity and to use language with flair and precision. We seek to develop students who: love to read; understand texts clearly  and have the ability to communicate confidently in a range of different situations. The English Department works hard to personalise students’ learning at all levels and colleagues have proactive relationships with parents.  The department works relentlessly to develop confident students who are effective and reflective communicators.

English at KS3

The Key Stage curriculum in years 7 and 8 is designed to embed the key skills for progression later in Key Stage 4.  Students cover a range of units that bring together the skills of speaking, reading and writing in engaging ways.  Reading is developed through texts of increasing complexity and challenge with students being encouraged to become critical and analytical readers of meaning. Students are inspired to write in many different forms and, while creativity is key, they are always aware of audience, purpose and form in the texts types they encounter. All units focus on rigorous use of accurate core skills with a relentless drive on progression.  Many units prepare students for the demands and content of KS4; we aim to equip them with the tools required to succeed here and in the wider world.

 “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” 

Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

English at KS4

At Key Stage Four, students follow a 3 year programme linked to WJEC examination syllabus which offers variety and substance.  Year 9 is a foundation year to the GCSE course with the first GCSE text ‘A Christmas Carol’ being studied; students then move on to Shakespeare, poetry, further fiction and non-fiction.  The year concludes with all students reading one of the GCSE novels from the set examination list.  In Years 10 and Year 11 all students continue to follow two GCSEs in English Language and English Literature.  We aim is to ensure all students meet or exceed expected targets.

At Key Stage 4, students’ work is marked using GCSE marking criteria and grades may be given. Once again, students can be engaged in self- and peer assessment to enhance their own learning, following specific success criteria to help them gain a deeper insight into the requirements of the Board at this level. Students are given the assessment criteria for the writing triplets that are examined and are also encouraged to self-evaluate their performance regularly to set targets for themselves.