Head of Department: Mr James Green
The aim of the English department is twofold: There is the academic goal of supporting the pupils to achieve their potential in Scholarship, Cranbrook and Common Entrance exams and there is the commitment of all English teachers to develop the children so that they become articulate and well-read, with vivid imaginations and the ability to appreciate and manipulate language and texts, both orally and on paper.
To achieve this aim Saint Ronan’s is in the enviable position of being able to mix modern learning theories and teaching practice with more traditional elements to produce enjoyable lessons that both stimulate the pupils and further their learning. In all year groups learning focuses on the technicalities of the language, with regular spelling and grammar lessons; on analysing language and texts, with both poetry and prose comprehension exercises, as well as on longer term schemes of work designed to elicit creative responses in poetry, prose and drama.
Pupils have a minimum of three hours of English lessons and half an hour of prep a week. Through these we ensure that all pupils encounter and try out for themselves a wide range of different ways in which English can be used, including classic and modern texts, plays, short stories, poetry and a variety of non-fiction texts. Outside of lessons pupils are encouraged to read, as well as to share their reading with other pupils.
If, by the end of their time at Saint Ronan’s, we will have managed to light at least a spark in each pupil, to engender a love for English, the language and the literature, and to nurture creativity, we will have succeeded.
|Classbook: Lion and unicorn|
|Theme: Myths and legends from different parts of the world||Short stories Roald Dahl|
|Class book: Tove Jansson, Finn Family Moomintroll||Theme: Islands (various texts)||Short Stories: Fables and Just So Stories|
|Class book: Philip Pullman, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter||Theme: Ships (various texts)||Short Stories: Greek and Roman Myths|
|Class book: Natalie Babitt, Tuck Everlasting||Theme: Animals (various texts)||Short Stories: Fairy Tales|
|Class book: Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret||Theme: Ghosts (various texts)||Short Stories: Science Fiction|
|Class book: Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits||Theme: Cities (various texts)||Narrative poetry; CE practice & revision|