Curriculum Overviews - English
Curriculum Overviews - Media
Faculty Leader: Mrs S
Leader: Miss D Keenan
'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our
respect for others. We value our God-given gifts, talents and
abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a
safe and happy environment. Everyone should know that we are
followers of God by what we do, not just by what we
"To create an
ever-evolving curriculum to meet the needs of all through
engagement and challenge."
reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who
never reads lives only one.'
English is essential
to all pupils to help them develop the literacy skills that are
crucial, not only to access all areas of the curriculum, but to
enable them to succeed in society. At The Barlow there is an
expectation that pupils also gain the following skills through
their study of English:
- Whilst being exposed to a varied and challenging curriculum
young people will foster an affection and appreciation of
literature and the social and historical contexts that books and
plays are set.
- As a faculty, the hope and aspiration is that reading for
enjoyment and entertainment will form part of their lives and that
the joy of literature is nurtured and developed in lessons and
conversations with young people.
- Within lessons, the aim is to foster an atmosphere of
creativity and nurture a flair for writing.
- English is an imaginative subject that unlocks the minds of
young people. Therefore, it is the faculty's mission to
engage the imaginations of young people and allow them to exercise
their minds thoughts.
- English makes young people curious. Curious about their
lives, the lives of others and how those lives are
KS4 Course Rationale
AQA (9-1) English and
- Large consensus across the local authority in using AQA, which
therefore allows collaboration of planning and sharing good
- Staff expertise as examiners for AQA allows for the development
of the teaching of the subject using the knowledge learnt from the
- One staff member an APE (Assistant Principle Examiner) for AQA
which means that she conducts reviews of marking, attends meetings
and had input into the examiner's report and is very familiar with
the mark schemes for both subjects. As a result, these
expertise are shared within numerous training sessions for the
staff on teaching in preparation for the examination.
- Finally, AQA share all their question stems and have assured
educators that they won't be changing without notice so it is easy
to teach pupils how to respond to these questions.
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