Our aim is for students at Fullhurst to develop a love of reading and writing, becoming confident and skilful communicators, with a strong appreciation of the English language. We equip students with the skills they need to realise their ambitions once they leave school, as well as giving them the opportunity to explore new ideas and cultures through the literature that they study.
Students at Fullhurst receive at least four hours of English lessons a week, with some students receiving more lessons in order to improve their English and literacy skills at a faster rate as well as additional lessons in year 11 to prepare students for their final examinations. At Fullhurst all students follow a personalised pathway as we strongly believe that each individual child’s education is personal. In order to further promote high standards in English, students study a broad range of topics in depth throughout the two key stages. There is clear planning for progression, meaning that students are constantly building on skills that they already have as well as acquiring new knowledge as they move through the English curriculum.
Key Stage 3
Our KS3 curriculum has recently been re-designed to include more independent reading. Students have a dedicated ‘reading for pleasure’ lesson once a fortnight. This takes place in the college library and students read a range of authors and genres of texts either as traditional books, or using the college’s Kindles.
A range of activities have also been built into the KS3 curriculum in order to improve students’ command of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Students complete activities designed to help improve the accuracy of their written English at the start of every lesson. This enables them to become more confident and skilful writers.
In KS3 English lessons students will:
- study prose fiction every year, including Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- study a selection of drama texts, including a Shakespeare play every year.
- study a range of poems, including poems from pre and post 1914 and poetry from other cultures.
- learn to write analytically about literature.
- write creatively, based on the literature they have read.
- read, understand and write their own non-fiction texts.
- learn how to work collaboratively to explore issues they learn about in lessons, sharing ideas with their peers as presentations, drama activities and discussions.
Key Stage 4
- Journey’s End by RC Sheriff
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- Conflict anthology
The department provides a range of opportunities for students to develop their love of English and to improve their English skills through a wide range of extra-curricular clubs, including:
- Boys’ book club
- Homework club
- Creative writing club
- GCSE revision and support groups
|Ms H Sizer||Curriculum Leader Communications|
|Ms C Goulding||Teaching and Learning Leader Communications|
|Mrs S Russell-Smith||Leader of Achievement Communications|
|Mrs C Bailey||Teacher of English / Deputy Principal|
|Miss M Baldwin||Teacher of English|
|Miss L Briers||Teacher of English / Embedding Literacy Leader|
|Mrs Ke Coombs||Teacher of English / KS3 Leader|
|Mrs M Corp||Teacher of English|
|Mr T Jones||Teacher of English / Teacher of Film Studies|
|Miss C Kell||Teacher of English|
|Miss K Logan||Teacher of English|
|Miss A Seton||Teacher of English|
|Ms H Bach||Teaching Assistant|
|Mrs S Postles||Teaching Assistant|