English lessons at The Rubicon are fun and varied. They combine different approaches to teaching that take account of a mixture of different learning styles to maximise our students’ potential. Whenever possible we offer a chance to make use of our pupil’s auditory, kinaesthetic and visual skills.
Our Key Stage 4 syllabus offers students a chance to study Shakespeare, texts from different cultures, poetry and explore creative writing about a personal experience and writing inspired by moving images. At present the controlled assessments that are completed in years 10 and 11 are worth forty percent of the overall GCSE English/English Language mark with sixty percent covered in the actual exam. Changes to examinations are due and this may alter the way we study texts in the coming year however, will work hard to ensure that our pupils reach their full potential in this subject.
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum covers many skills in an interactive game based approach where students will have the chance to practice skills involving punctuation, spelling and grammar. Various texts such as Stone Cold by Robert Swindells, Private Peaceful (Michael Morpurgo) and many more are studied as well as non-fiction texts. Whenever possible we will work in line with whatever the student is currently studying in their main stream school if they attend our school on a part time basis.
As a department we want every child to succeed and therefore monitor the progress of our pupils closely. Reading interventions have proved a huge success with pupils who make rapid improvements with their reading ability. An aim for the school is to encourage all pupils to enjoy and have confidence to read a wide range of texts. Students have played a large part in designing and decorating the new school library which is widely used by the pupils and improved the culture of reading as cool.