Students’ experiences when studying English language and literature at Armfield Academy will equip them with the skillset and knowledge base to strongly prepare them for their GCSE examinations and, in a wider context, the adult world. Through strong teaching, the use of engaging resources and a breadth of challenging lessons, students will enhance their literacy skills so that their ability to read, write and orate will open many doors of opportunity as they transition into the next stage of their development. As they study, they will do so in an atmosphere where mistakes are part of the learning process; an emphasis on self-reflection and awareness of how to improve underpin our nurturing, ‘positive mindset’ outlook on academic progression.
With a heavy emphasis on reading and vocabulary, students will embark on a curriculum which will foster and encourage an enthusiasm for fiction through the exploration of literary classics by writers such as Shakespeare, Orwell and Dickens. They will make links between the modern world and their own lives through the analysis of non-fiction texts and they will also compare and contrast varying genres of poetry, including themes of nature, war and relationships. Pupils will be inspired to write creatively by showcasing their imagination in narrative and descriptive formats of writing. Furthermore, learners will be offered a number of opportunities to develop their oral skills and confidence in front of their peers through yearly individual and group speaking activities.
Each half herm comprises of a themed unit of work which builds pupils up to an end of term assessment, which mirrors GCSE exam scenarios/questions and is formally marked with feedback for improvement given. Each week, pupils receive a list of words to learn for an end-of-week quiz to support their Bedrock Learning focus on vocabulary. To enable a culture of reading to flourish, students undertake 5 minutes of silent reading at the beginning of each English lesson, under the Accelerated Reader initiative, and are expected to read, independently, for 20 minutes per evening. Homework is set every three weeks, with a homework club at lunch time to support students where necessary.