The English department at Trinity School aims to provide all pupils taught in English lessons with an engaging and rewarding experience of English.
We aim to promote the pleasure in and value of reading at all ages. We believe this helps pupils to achieve their full potential as learners and as individuals, promoting their growth into thoughtful and perceptive adults with an understanding of the importance of other cultures, values and beliefs. Students are encouraged to write creatively and imaginatively as well as for practical purposes. Our goal is to support pupils in becoming confident and effective communicators through both the written and spoken word.
The English Curriculum
Our focus at Trinity is on exposing pupils to a wide range of literature so that each pupil can discover the power of words. Through literary texts pupils often realise a passion for literature: the power of stories creates understanding and links between all students. The study of Shakespeare is brought to life in every year group, alongside the enjoyment of modern authors. Media texts and other non-fiction texts are also studied in order to promote a confident use of English in everyday life as well as in the work environment. Our aim is that pupils will develop a sound grasp of the varieties of English and understand and be able to use the principles by which it operates.
Courses at GCSE
At Key Stage Four most pupils will study both AQA English Language and English Literature GCSE courses. Some pupils will focus their attention solely on GCSE English in order to develop their skills in smaller classes.
Courses at A level
OCR English Literature
AQA Creative Writing
Extra-curricular activities in department
Visit to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre
Poetry by Heart competition
Trip to Bath; trip to Chesil Beach; residential trips to Lake District and Bronte Country
Q and A with visiting authors
17th Century period-dress workshop
English Society ( activities run by English A level students for the whole school such as Valentine’s Day poetry surprises)
Times Spelling Bee entry
Literary celebration of Christmas
National and in-School writing competitions
Production and publication of the annual English Review Magazine
National Poetry Day events