"So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky." - William James

English Curriculum at ARTS Education

Our full English Curriculum Overview can be downloaded HERE

Brief English curriculum overview

The intent of the English curriculum is to enlighten students with a range of new and interesting concepts, through the study of language and literature. Their studies will enable them to explore the wider world through the telescope of language and literature, broadening their knowledge and experiences. The curriculum aims to instil a real passion for English as a subject of study and pleasure to enjoy.

The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all children:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

The English curriculum has been designed to enable students to explore a wide range of both non-fiction and literary texts, which encompass wider topics and themes relevant to the world around us. Pupils will develop their comprehension, critical evaluative and analytical reading skills, helping them to cultivate a greater understanding of a range of topics and concepts. we believe that the ability to be literate and to communicate effectively through Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing is fundamental to improving life chances. We do our utmost to ensure our pupils become active members of society by becoming conversant in all areas of language development.

We at ARTS Education are devoted to ensuring that pupils enjoy and are happy in their lessons, and therefore develop a love of literature. Language provides the main instrument to learning throughout our curriculum and our English Lead is wholly committed to ensuring that all our students reach their full potential in a supportive, caring and empathetic classroom environment.

Key Stage 3/4 Courses

  • English KS3 Year 7

  • English KS3 Year 8

  • English KS3 Year 9

  • English KS4 Year 10

  • English KS4 Year 11

What we can offer our students

  • G.C.S.E

  • Functional Skills (Entry Level – Level 2)

  • Exam opportunities

  • Regular Assessment for Learning and Progress

  • Regular Target Setting in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening at K.S.3 and 4

  • Access to our physical library as well as our e-library to access reading material from home

What you as a parent or carer can do

Your child will be studying more subjects at secondary school, and will be working with many different types of reading materials, from newspaper articles and adverts to scientific explanations and instructions. Parents who support their children’s education make a real difference to how well their child does, and there are lots of quick things you can do to help.

Supporting reading at KS3 for parents and carers

Supporting reading at GCSE for parents and carers


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