At Spires Academy, we believe that English, above all, should be a creative inspiring subject. Across both key stages our students study a wide range of 19th, 20th and 21st century texts. In KS3 and KS4 our students are immersed in a variety of works, including plays by Shakespeare, classic novels by Dickens, Austen and Bronte, modern classics by Morpurgo, Sachar, Zephaniah, Swindells and poetry by Owen, Wordsworth, Byron and Keats to name but a few.
We aim to show our students the wonders of the written word and encourage a love of reading and writing. It is important to include, in our lessons, life skills such as writing letters, reports, articles and speeches as we know that, in their future, expertise in these areas will open doors for our students.
In English, we incorporate speaking and listening into all our schemes of work because we value oracy and the importance of enabling our young people to become confident speakers. The English Faculty also runs a Debate Society for those who wish to practise their skills as public speakers. Our debaters have had success in competitions including the Canterbury Youth Parliament.
Young people’s lives are saturated by the mass media, whether they are listening to music, watching television, using social media or playing video games. To be media literate is a key part of being an educated citizen. More practically, the ability to analyse, design and edit media products is a highly-marketable skill.
In media lessons students will be taught how to deconstruct a variety of texts, such as films, magazines, websites and other digital media and show off their creative abilities via production tasks that may include posters, DVD covers, commercials and digital media such as websites and computer games.
The media is an expanding industry in the UK, and skilled media students are highly employable in a number of fields including radio, music, television and film, advertising and marketing; both in a production and creative capacity.