The English Department at Chingford Foundation School encourages students to be independent learners with a love for Literature and the English language. Pupils will learn a range of skills that are essential for their future, both within school and outside.
Our programme of study aims to teach pupils how to develop their reading skills by inferring, deducing, analysing and evaluating. Our schemes of work are developed to lead systematically up into Key Stage 4 and beyond whilst enabling students to build up the confidence and skills that they will need in order to achieve beyond their perceived potential. They also prepare students for the world outside of school, focusing on skills such as critical thinking, presentational skills, team work and independent research.
A wide range of texts are taught across all Key Stages, including poems, novels and plays from both the Literary Heritage and the modern day. As a department, we are passionate readers and are always happy to recommend novels to our students to widen their reading repertoire. Students are given a reading passport on arrival at the school and receive rewards for completing reading targets. Examples of texts taught in the classroom include, Naughts and Crosses and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Year 7), A Christmas Carol and a selection of short stories (Year 8), Of Mice and Men and An Inspector Calls (Year 9) and Macbeth and Jekyll and Hyde (Year 10 and 11). Each year group also study a Shakespeare play, a poetry collection and a range of English Language non-fiction and fiction texts.
Within their writing, pupils will be able to produce creative pieces within a range of genres, with a considered sense of audience and will utilise and adapt techniques used by existing writers. We support our students in becoming confident analytical and creative writers and embed the teaching of writing skills into all Key Stages and regularly in lessons day to day. Alongside this, there are numerous opportunities for incorporating the spoken word into our classroom practice through role play, discussion, group work and presentations. This allows pupils to gain confidence in their use of spoken English. Additionally, pupils will learn to appreciate the importance of using the appropriate register in speech and develop skills that are useful in the working world.
In addition to the learning that goes on inside the classroom, the English department run numerous extra-curricular activities. This year, some of these have included a Creative Writing Club, a number of Book Clubs, Stretch and Challenge sessions, The Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge with Year 10 and trips to see An Inspector Calls in the West End, King Lear at The Barbican and a PIXL conference with Year 11 in the lead up to their English Language GCSE exams. Year 7 students also participated in the Radio 2 500 word competition and all year groups participated in National Writing Day. As a school, we always have a lovely day celebrating World Book Day. This year was no exception!
The English department always strive to ensure that pupils have access to a range of extra-curricular activities that appeal to all interests and are always keen to hear from students regarding any suggestions they may have for further extra-curricular activities.
All students across the Key Stages make excellent progress and enjoy studying the subject, which remains popular at A Level. Consequently, English has over 100 students studying the subject in the Sixth Form. Results in the department are consistently excellent, and significantly above national average. In 2016, 84% of GCSE students achieved A* - C.