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Sir Harry Smith

Sir Harry Smith Community College

  • English

    Aims

    Students need to achieve their full potential as effective communicators to participate fully in college life and in the wider world. We seek to create an atmosphere where students wish to learn and are active participants in the learning process. Students are encouraged to value reading as a pleasure as well as an important skill for life. The focus on a wide range of literary and non-literary texts allows students to develop independent thinking and to respect the views of others. The fundamental principle of English teaching throughout the college is to assist students to use language, either spoken or written with confidence, fluency and accuracy.

    Years 7 - 9

    Students read and respond to a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama within English lessons. All students follow an induction course in Library Skills in Year 7 and these skills are developed throughout Key Stage 3. Students work at constant improvement of written and spoken communication for a range of audiences and purposes.

    Years 10 and 11

    All students are prepared for GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. Students study a wide range of texts for the qualifications and the skills of writing accurately and appropriately for different audiences are emphasised.

    Sixth Form

    English is offered for A Level and this is always a popular choice with our students.

    Additional Information

    Students are encouraged to extend their interest in English by entering a variety of competitions. The college is fortunate to have received talks from authors and actors. Theatre workshops are offered to foster response to Shakespeare. Our close partnership with the Library has led to an active book club and the shadowing of the Carnegie Book Award. We also run a creative writing group and Shakespeare workshops for students.