- English senior
'Read to Learn' is our mantra and we encourage much personal reading in order to prepare our students for the world outside of Bishop Challoner. Overall, this is a fabulous subject, aiming to equip our students with academic excellence and a range of transferable skills.
Key Stage 3
At Bishop Challoner English is dynamic and vibrant. The emphasis at Key Stage 3 is on fostering an enjoyment of books and language, whilst developing technical accuracy and flair in writing. Pupils study a range of texts, including novels, poems and non-fiction. We encourage children to become self-motivated in their approach to their studies and often one half term’s homework will be devoted to an individual project. These currently include producing a Shakespeare project and a Vampire Hunter’s Guidebook. Pupils engage with language both on the page and through oral work, such as dramatic role-play, speeches, monologues and debate.
'Read to Learn' is our mantra and we encourage much personal reading in order to prepare our students or the world outside of BCS. Overall, this is a fabulous subject, aiming to equip our students with academic excellence and a range of transferable skills.
There are cross-curricular activities including making a ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ potion in science, filming oral book reviews in ICT, and composing music around literature in music and the performing arts.
Each year group is taken on an English trip, usually to the theatre. In recent years this has included seeing War Horse and Billy Elliott, Year 9 have a trip to the Globe theatre, where they are given an informative tour, followed by the opportunity to work on key sections of a Shakespeare play in drama workshops with RSC actors.
Key Stage 4
Examination Board: AQA
Pupils are set by ability for GCSE and study both English Language and English Literature. These are taught as separate subjects, enabling pupils to spend a proportionate amount of study time on their language skills.
"English is fun and enjoyable yet we learn so much stuff. We get to express our inner thoughts while everyone listens with interest."
Each year group is taken on an English trip, usually to the theatre. In recent years this has included seeing An Inspector Calls and Dracula.
Extra-curricular clubs include a 'Debating Club', a 'Creative Writing Workshop' and 'A study of European poets and beyond'.