English at Clifford Holroyde

Students at Clifford Holroyde in Key stage three and four follow the National Curriculum and the AQA syllabus for English Language including Functional Skills and GCSE. All English lessons are planned to be cross-curricular and specifically include links to PSHE and Careers. Having a high-quality literacy focus and promoting key vocabulary are at the forefront of all planning.

At Clifford Holroyde we aim to use reading to expands minds, knowledge and create opportunities. The English language is an ever-evolving piece of art that can open doors.

Our intentions:

  • Our aim is to ensure that all learners have experienced a wide range of high-quality reading material
  • To promote reading, writing and high-quality literature
  • To derive an English curriculum which is sequenced to develop the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

At Clifford the aim is to enrich students through a range of fiction and non-fiction texts which inspire learners and enable them to learn about the world around us. We aim to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world through personalised learning.

Fiction unlocks student creativity and the students are introduced to worlds and characters that are new and intriguing. Sometimes they read about scenarios that they can identify and resonate with.

Non-fiction opens their minds to current affairs and helps discuss any issues that concern them. Learners are able to question and debate their ideas on topics.

They will develop a rich vocabulary which will deepen their understanding of the power of speech and language making them better equipped to verbally articulate their ideas. 

Literature helps students learn about historical events and life for those from different eras, societies and religions. In-turn, students are able to understand the impact that history has had on the society today and help broaden their understanding of the world today and how things have developed over time.

The skills they learn in English will help develop their reading and writing skills, but more importantly, make them better communicators and equipped to succeed in the wider community.

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