English Language & Literature
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” (Jane Austen)
There is no doubt as to the importance of literacy in the curriculum. Our ability to read, write and communicate is one of the most important we develop in our lives as it enables us to build lasting relationships with family, friends and colleagues.
The English provision at Oasis Academy Leesbrook allows development of reading and writing skills through the English Mastery curriculum. At KS3, students will read a variety of texts from the literary canon to develop their knowledge of literature as a whole. This is supplemented through reading for pleasure time during literacy. Above all else, we want to create a positive and enthusiastic climate for reading at our school and so developing literacy is a large part of our offering at Leesbrook. We use selected non-fiction texts and media to support lessons and to develop reading skills across a range of different materials. Students will also have the opportunity to write creatively and accurately through our schemes of work and expressive writing course.
At both KS3 and KS4, some students will be invited to participate in the Step Up to English AQA course which provides an additional qualification in English prior to sitting the GCSE exam.
At KS4, all students will follow the AQA curriculum for both English Language and Literature. Students will sit both subject exams at the end of year 11 and gain two GCSE qualifications for English. AQA English courses allow students to:-
- read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
- read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
- write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
- use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
- acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively