WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING?

Everything you need to know about what your child is learning, their schedule, what they need for lessons and their homework calendar can be found in the Learners Pages

CONTACT

Recent announcements are on the Welcome! page and archived on the News page. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or feedback on your child's learning. 

CURRICULUM & LEARNING

My approach to learning is grounded in the many different pedagogical methodologies that I have come across in my many years of teaching. I choose the best thinking, the best styles and the best practises for each specific class. My aim as a teacher is to instill a love of learning and provide the necessary tools for each learner to be able to achieve this. As a life-long learner myself, you can read about my constant explorations of the best ways of learning on my Blog, my professional website or you can follow my Twitter. Links are in the Exploring Learning side menu to the left.

21st Century Skills underpin all my Units, which are enquiry based and require the learners to take an active role in their own learning. Each Unit asks them to develop a variety of skills and exposes them to a variety of text types; they will read, write, speak, listen, watch, analyse and create images, text and film, allowing them to become truly literate in our ever-demanding world.

Each Unit is developed in conjunction with the learners, with the relevant curriculum in mind as well as the International Standards for Technology in Education (ISTE) to ensure learners are up to date with the many literacies needed to operate in today's digital world. 

Years 7, 8 and 9


In Years 7, 8 and 9 our units are planned based on the National Curriculum for England. Skills are developed to address the needs of the 21st century as well as prepare learners for the exam courses in Years 10 and 11, and Years 12 and 13.

Units offer multiple opportunities to express opinion and communicate effectively through a variety of different mediums.

Click here for more information on the English National Curriculum.


Years 10 and 11


In Years 10 and 11 learners take on a two year course leading to an IGCSE, an internationally recognised qualification:-

- First Language English: suitable for learners who are skilled and proficient at English; this course is for those learners who are ready to analyse the nuances of the language and develop their craft in writing. Learners wishing to study Language A at IB Diploma level should take this course.

- Second Language English: suitable for learners who are developing their writing skills in English; this course provides and excellent foundation in all skills required to communicate effectively in both writing, speaking and listening. This course is excellent in preparing learners for the more demanding English B course at IB Diploma level. 

- World Literature:
a new course commencing 2013, this exciting and demanding programme offers learners the chance to develop essential reading and analytical skills. Learners will study a variety of texts from around the world and apply close reading and critical thinking skills as well as learn to write critical essays - an essential skill that will help them be successful in most exam-based courses.


First Language IGCSE information
English as a Second Language IGCSE information

Years 12 and 13


In Years 12 and 13 learners take on a two year course as part of the IB Diploma Programme.

In English, learners have the choice between two courses depending on their level of proficiency in English and their own mother tongue.

Group 1: Language and Literature A
- this is a demanding course for native or proficient speakers, readers and writers of English.

Group 2: English B
- this is an exciting course for those who are more proficient in their mother tongue but who have been learning English for some time. In addition, higher level learners study two texts in English