The aim for English in the national curriculum is to encourage high standards of language and literacy by providing learners with a strong understanding of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
We believe that a high-quality education in English will teach children to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and sentiments to others and through their reading and listening, others can connect with them. All the skills of language are indispensable to contributing fully as a member of society.
In line with the national curriculum 2KickStartU works with students so that they:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
The specifications in which we work to with GCSE students enable 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.