Students studying English at Heathcote will find much to be excited and enthused by. A team of highly committed, vibrant and dedicated subject specialists believe that in learning English through a rich variety of poetry, prose and drama, we all come to know ourselves a little better.
It is a shared belief of Heathcote’s English Department that literature invites its readers to recognise the power of language and of words. Across our two key stages, we use literature as a means of exploring the effective use of English, as well as to foster a love of reading. It is through reading that we encourage our students to develop their critical thinking skills and engage in dialogue with others. Embedded into all our programmes of study is an invitation to explore the special place of literature and language in the social and moral growth of the individual.
English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate wholly in society and employment. Students learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.
Literature in English is rich and influential. It reflects the experiences of people from many countries and times and contributes to our sense of cultural identity. Students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers. Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps students understand how language works. Using this understanding, students can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers.
(National Curriculum 2008)
The team strives to ensure that learning English with us will:
- Enable our students to achieve their full potential in public examinations.
- Encourage our students to demand the best of themselves.
- Maximise the language potential of our students in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Promote the use of ICT as a means of expression, communication, research and organisation.
- Be enjoyable and memorable by fostering a classroom ethos of respect for learning and achieving.