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SMSC in English

The English Department is proud to offer a range of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural experiences through English lessons and extra-curricular activities, such as visits to the theatre, extending spiritual, moral, social and cultural appreciation and understanding of society. Students express their creativity and understanding of other cultures through their study of literature and non-fiction texts. Competitions and clubs are offered to allow students to develop and showcase their skills, knowledge and experiences through SMSC in English.

Spiritual Development in English

  • English Yr 7: ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, John Boyne- reading the text, writing a monologue from one character’s perspective, group discussion on themes, actions, consequences and ethics.
  • English Yr7: The Gothic- students experience awe and fascination whilst using images to be detectives in investigating the context to gothic writing.
  • English Yr 7: ‘The Hunger Games’ Suzanne Collins- students explore the beliefs of others through looking at characters living in a dystopian society.
  • English Yr 8: ‘Macbeth’, Shakespeare- writing from the character’s perspective, discussion and debate over Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's actions.
  • English Yr 9: Speakers’ Corner Public Speaking Competition- students give a speech on a topic that they feel strongly about.
  • English Yr 9: War Poetry: Exploring the impact of war on individuals and communities through the medium of poetry. Students explore the lasting effects of being involved in battle, both physical and mental.
  • English Yr 10: Students understand human emotions through exploring the play and considering the decision making process of the protagonists. They then compare this to the ‘real’ people presented in the poetry of Ted Hughes.
  • English Yr 11: ‘The Woman in Black’, Susan Hill- students explore a range of spiritual issues including penitence, heaven and ghosts
  • English Yr 12: ‘Twelfth Night’, Shakespeare- students consider the changing values of comedy over time. Key themes of love, status, identity and marriage are explored and compared to 16th Century England.
  • English Yrs 9 – 13: Poetry competition on the subject of ‘Life’

Moral Development in English

  • English Yr 7: ‘The Tempest’, Shakespeare- empathetic writing task on the theme of revenge
  • English Yr 7: ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, John Boyne- reading the text, writing a monologue from one character’s perspective, group discussion on themes, actions, consequences and ethics.
  • English Yr 8: ‘The Hunger Games’ Suzanne Collins- character analysis of Katniss and her actions and discussion of dystopian society.
  • English Yr 8: ‘Macbeth’, Shakespeare- writing from the character’s perspective, discussion and debate over Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s actions.
  • English Yr 9: Speakers’ Corner Public Speaking Competition- students give a speech on a topic that they feel strongly about.
  • English Yr9: ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare- students study the play and consider the decision making process of the protagonists.
  • English Yr 9: War Poetry: Exploring the impact of war on individuals and communities through the medium of poetry. Students explore the lasting effects of being involved in battle, both physical and mental.
  • English Yr10: Conflict Poetry- students explore choices made and moral values.
  • English Yr 9 and 10: ‘Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens– social values, inequality.
  • English Yr 11: ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ by William Shakespeare- students explore a range of moral issues including disobeying your parents.
  • English Yrs 9 – 13 – Speaking and Listening discussions and debates on topical issues
  • English Yr12 – Rossetti Poetry – social values and moral decisions in historical context and compared with contemporary society
  • English Y12 theatre trip – exploring key moral debates
  • English Yr13: Applying a feminist or a Marxist critique to literature
  • English Yrs 9 – 13: House Debate Competition on topical issues

Social Development in English

  • English Yr 9: Speakers’ Corner Public Speaking Competition- students use their social skills to persuade others round to their way of thinking on give a topic that they feel strongly about.
  • English Yr 9: War Poetry: Exploring the impact of war on individuals and communities through the medium of poetry. Students explore the lasting effects of being involved in battle, both physical and mental.
  • English Yr 10: Group Discussion on the London Riots
  • English Yrs 10 and 11: conflict and Power Poetry.
  • English Yr11: ‘DNA,’ by Dennis Kelly - social values; theme of power within society
  • English Yr12: ‘The Duchess of Malfi,’ by John Webster- themes of irreconcilable differences, social values
  • English Yr 12 and 13: Students teach mini-lessons to the class on themes, characters, chapters.
  • English Yrs 9 – 13: Speaking and Listening – group discussions and presentations; drama role play and hot seating – team learning
  • English Yrs 9 – 13: Spelling Bee, promotes working in a team.
  • English Yr13: Talk Theory – the study of language and how we communicate (socially acceptable conventions)

Cultural Development in English

  • English Yr7 The Tempest: Learning what life was like in the 1600s; how people acted and why they acted that way.
  • English Yr 7 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: Reading the text, writing a monologue from one character’s perspective, group discussion on themes, actions, consequences and ethics.
  •  articles and advertisements demonstrating some of the flaws in life in modern Britain.
  • English Yr 7 The Boy in the Stripe PJS: Discussing anti-Semitic views and the upset these can lead to.
  • English Yr 9: Exploring the impact of war on individuals and communities through the medium of poetry. Students explore the lasting effects of being involved in battle, both physical and mental.
  • English Yr 10: Power and Conflict Poetry – understanding culture and context.
  • English Yr 11 English Language Paper 2 Exam Practice: Reading a range of articles and non-fiction texts.
  • English Yr12: Understanding how people acted and felt in the Post-war era and the Victorian era and contrasting this to the present day.
  • English Yr 12: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ Tennessee Williams- students consider the key themes of love, status, identity and marriage in America in the 1940s compared to life now
  • English Yr13: Language Change unit shows continuous change of British society.

 

 

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