The English department at Falmouth School are committed to developing independent, autonomous learners. We wholeheartedly believe that it is our responsibility to instil a passion for English in our students, encouraging them to become lifelong literary explorers who will take delight in reading, writing and thinking. We recognise that ours is a subject that fosters creativity - not just in the texts we, and our students read, but also in how we teach our students to respond, think and change in relation to them. All of our students are therefore encouraged to think creatively and critically, and their development in these areas is structured and supported across all three key stages. Additionally, as a core subject at the heart of many other academic disciplines, we recognise the importance of sound literacy skills which allow students to communicate with others, both at school and in their everyday lives.
At KS3 our curriculum builds upon the skills acquired at primary level: our students explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and develop their skills in reading, writing and speaking for a range of purposes and audiences. We work with a variety of texts ranging from classic literature to contemporary media and drama and popular fiction for young adults.
At KS4 all of our students study both English Language and English Literature. This provides them with the confidence to communicate clearly and effectively; to develop a unique and personal style of writing, demonstrating flair and technical accuracy; to read widely both for their own enjoyment and to develop reading skills such as synthesis, inference and general analysis.
At post 16, we offer A-level English Language, A-level Literature, A-level Media Studies and A-level Film Studies – all very popular and highly successful courses led by subject specialists.
Each learning cycle, students complete two formal assessments based on the topics covered. Their basic knowledge and understanding of these topics are also assessed in our knowledge organiser test at the end of each learning cycle. Students are aware of their levels and are encouraged to take responsibility of their own learning by evaluating their own progress and completing improvement tasks.
Beyond the curriculum, we provide our students with a wealth of opportunities to encourage their love of English: theatre visits, author workshops, Youth Speaks, BBC News Report and links with the local University are just some of the activities that our Faculty participates in.
We have high expectations of all our students and a passionate belief in the young people that we are privileged to work with every day. Ultimately, we want our students to grow into compassionate adults who are capable of reflecting upon their life’s experiences with exceptional empathy and humility.