“Read, read, read, never stop reading. And when you can’t read anymore… write!”

James Baldwin

Our aim is to foster a love of English – the spoken and written word. Students with effective communication skills are more able to establish positive relationships, express themselves and understand others.

We strive to enthuse students to become passionate and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. In studying English at Saddleworth, students will be immersed in a range of engaging literature, both fiction and non-fiction, reflecting our rich cultural and literary heritage.  Teachers will strive to inspire and develop students’ enthusiasm for reading, by recommending texts, promoting the use of the library and celebrating national literary events.

The English curriculum will help students to understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins and as a consequence, enable them to choose and adapt what they say and to write in different situations; encouraging them to question, explore and express themselves imaginatively and creatively.

In Years 7-9 there is a focus on developing students’ inference, creative writing and analytical skills. In Years 10 and 11, we continue to build students’ skills, preparing students for the final examinations and furnishing them with the agency they’ll need in their future lives.

Focus for Assessments: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

  • Writer’s Choices/Analysis.
  • Textual Evidence.
  • Critical Response.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Contextual Information.
  • Inference
  • Organisation/Structure/Cohesion.
  • Presentation Skills (listening, responding oracy)
  • Technical Accuracy (SPaG)