Our curriculum is designed to engage and inspire. Students study a variety of texts that cover a huge range of topics and genres.
It is compulsory to study English in KS3 and KS4. At KS4 all students study and prepare for two English courses, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. At KS5 we offer A Level Literature.
We aim to enrich the English experience with theatre trips and activity days. Previous trips have included a visit to the theatre to see ‘Blood Brothers' and a visit to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. For several years we have participated in BBC News School Report where students from a range of year groups produce a variety of video news reports, create scripts, news stories, filming and then using IT to edit and create their final product. Some lucky students have also spent that day at the BBC Studios in Birmingham's Mailbox with a hands-on behind the scenes look at news production.
Books Matter- Make a difference and READ!!!!
At St Paul's School for Girls we aim to promote independent and motivated learners and readers, and want to help our pupils to develop a love of reading and a passion for English in order to equip pupils with the necessary skills for later life. We believe that attainment and reading go hand in hand, and reading is an essential skill for all areas of the curriculum.
Literacy skills are essential for young people to reach their potential in school and allow them to fulfil opportunities throughout life. In England, 5.2 million adults are described as “Functionally Illiterate”, and it is now more important than ever to develop the literacy and reading skills of our young people.
We are striving to make a difference and there are many strategies that we have in place in order to raise attainment and the profile of reading in our school.
- All pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are expected to have a reading book with them at all times. During lessons each day (on a rotational basis) pupils, as well as teachers will “Drop everything and read” for twenty minutes.
- KS3 book clubs
- Annual reading and spelling tests are completed by all pupils in KS3 in their English lessons, and results are closely scrutinised by the English department, and any pupils who are identified as having spelling and reading ages under 10 are highlighted for further intervention.
- Advice for parents to help their child read and succeed.
We need your help to make a difference.
How can you help your child to succeed?
- Encourage your child to read more at home- This can be absolutely anything, ranging from an autobiography to a magazine that they are interested in. Reading anything will help your child to develop crucial inference and deduction skills, as well as developing their concentration skills.
- Question your child about what they have read. If they are reading a newspaper or a magazine article, question them about what the article is about, what the main message of the article is, what the purpose of the article is, how the article uses language to establish a certain tone to their writing.
- Highlight all the positive words in the article and think about what this does to the tone of the article.
- Highlight all the negative words in the article- thinking carefully about the use of adjectives and the effect of them.
- Highlight all the persuasive devices that are used in the article, such as IMPERATIVE VERBS, ALLITERATION, METAPHORS, ANECDOTES, FACTS, OPINIONS, RHETORICAL QUESTIONS, EMOTIVE LANGUAGE, STATISTICS, THREE ( RULE OF), EXPERT OPINIONS, REPETITION and think about the effect of them.
- If your child is reading a fictional novel, question their understanding about certain characters within the novel, thinking carefully about how the writer has used language to present the character to you and to make you feel a certain way about them.
- Think about the descriptive elements of the novel that they are reading- how does the writer establish the setting and the mood to you through the use of language?
- Set aside time for your child to read each day- whether they are reading to you or to themselves, they are developing vital skills.
- Encourage your child to analyse the vocabulary that is used in the text that they are reading and explore new words together.
- Encourage your child to be independent in their approach to reading- encourage them to join a local library and take out books that will challenge them and will ignite their imagination.