Secondary English revolves around an integrated approach to learning where the skills relating to reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and responding are taught within a themed unit of work. Each unit is chosen in response to the current syllabus requirements and over each stage the students are exposed to novels, poetry, non-fiction, film, drama, short stories, visual and multi-cultural texts. In Stage 5 Shakespeare is introduced, with students studying the texts in play, prose and film forms in order to develop an appreciation and understanding of the content and context of these texts.
Each unit incorporates several text types drawn from a variety of literary and mass media sources in order to further develop student’s skills, understanding of the world around them and their ability to interpret different text types. Students are also encouraged to engage with a variety of texts through their own reading choices and to develop independence in choosing reading material and in their study skills.