English

Language and Literature have a transformative power. English equips us with the tools to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions, and to share our imagination and creativity with others.

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have

Maya Angelou (author of the phenomenal I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings)

Language and Literature have a transformative power. English equips us with the tools to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions, and to share our imagination and creativity with others.

English enables us to appreciate the human experience through different historical, cultural and social periods. Be it through seeing the world of the Ancient Greeks through Homer’s Odyssey, the inspiring fight for equality in speeches by Malala Yousafazi, or through Dickens’ critique of Victorian poverty, the study of English has all-encompassing significance and is at the very heart of education.

We endeavour to enchant our students through the wonderfully rich, diverse and dynamic might of English Language and Literature, whilst simultaneously empowering them to flourish through their communication skills. The broad scope of our subject through the ages allows us to take students on a voyage and explore a wide range of stories, characters and themes, instilling a deep understanding of our constantly evolving world.

Our curriculum is crafted upon six Foundational Concepts which see students embark upon a journey through English Language and Literature which they begin prior to their arrival with us in Year 7 and beyond their final goodbyes in Year 11 – each allows students to open and embrace a world of opportunities:

Shakespeare’s Craft

The Art of Poetry

Dramatic and Theatrical Expression

Prosaic Form and Conventions

Exploring Non-Fiction Texts

 Writing for Impact: Imagination & Rhetoric

From novels to plays, poetry to performance, creative to non-fiction writing, the study of these foundational concepts encapsulates a myriad of knowledge and skills to support our students’ affection for and command of the written word in all its forms.

During their time at Leftwich, we nurture a love of English, so that each child leaves school having not only reached their academic potential but also with a sincere passion for learning that extends beyond the classroom. Our dedicated staff strive to ensure that each and every student feels supported in their English lessons, making learning an accessible, engaging and immersive experience.

Click to download the English Curriculum Map  and for a detailed explanation you can download Concept Overviews

You can also view our digital showcase below.