English Curriculum Statement
The English Curriculum at Philip Southcote School promotes a high standard of language and literacy, enabling pupils to gain the confidence to communicate fluently and purposefully through the mediums of speech, reading and writing. Pupils develop a passion for rich literature, a love of reading for enjoyment, a curiosity of vocabulary for meaning and a wealth of transferable skills which will equip them with the analytical and evaluative expertise paramount to the needs of a successful workforce and an ever-changing wider world.
At the very heart of the Department is the belief that English is a tool for life with widespread cross-curricular opportunities and the ability to embed and explore the core British Values of: Democracy, tolerance and mutual respect; so that our pupils will become well-informed and open-minded individuals able to make conscious choices in the world surrounding them. Our curriculum is designed to enable each pupil to flourish; following a programme of study and a specification which is tailored to their needs and capabilities.
Reading for understanding and meaning is at the core of the KS3 curriculum. We recognise that the techniques learnt through reading allow our pupils to develop in all aspects of their life, both inside and outside school and within the wider world of work. This supports their mental, emotional and cultural development.
At Philip Southcote, we teach the core reading skills that then support pupils in understanding the intents and purposes of writing. Grammatical structures are demonstrated through the study of various fiction and non-fiction texts to encourage pupils to be able to produce writing in depth and with confidence. With this in mind, we teach the pupils a range of accessible and adapted 19th century fiction texts, poetry snippets from various genres, topics, cultures, traditions, and play texts spanning from pre-19th century to the 21st century and a range of functional non-fiction reading texts and writing extracts.
At Key Stage 4, pupils follow pathways most appropriate to their individual capabilities and aptitudes; enabling their achievements to be accredited through suitable qualifications tailored to their needs. All pupils access our Entry Level Certificate in English, whilst our most able pupils work towards English Language GCSE qualification.
Alongside this, we teach Lexia-specific online lessons weekly to provide explicit, systematic and personalised learning of literacy, and to support the development of pupils’ phonic abilities, word recognition, passage comprehension and reading fluency.
In our Sixth Form the development of English and Literacy remains a pivotal part of pupil’s learning. Reading and writing are embedded throughout the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged and supported in the use of fluent, fully structured sentences across the breadth of their pathways curriculum. Pupils develop their communication and reading skills in diverse settings, from reading menus and ordering food and drink in a cafe to working alongside colleagues during Work Experience and being able to recognise work-related Health & Safety signs.
Across all Key Stages, we aim to foster independence, empowerment and resilience by developing our pupils’ abilities to communicate effectively; encouraging them to become ambitious and aspirational in all that they do.