The English department at The Towers believes in providing a lively and diverse curriculum which encourages creativity and a genuine passion for literature and language. Over the course of their time at the school, the girls are encouraged to stretch their imaginations by using a variety of interesting stimulus. We also offer exciting and challenging lessons to develop reading, writing and oral skills, often using the work of other writers as stimuli for tasks and discussions. This gives pupils the opportunity to develop practical English skills required for general use and life in the workplace as well as to develop their own unique talents to achieve their full potential.
Pupils have the opportunity to study a wide range of texts ranging from fiction and non-fiction texts, including articles and essays. They also learn about writing from other cultures and study contemporary and Pre-1914 Poetry. Some of the texts they study are: Twelfth Night, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Tempest. They also learn about writing from other cultures and studying contemporary and Pre-1914 Poetry. Pupils also have access to the computer suites and a library full of a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books and DVDS. This allows each pupil to develop their understanding of the subject at a pace that is suitable to them.
Beyond the taught curriculum, the English Department provides a rich and varied range of extra-curricular activities and events for all our students.
Debating – We live in a world where the ability to communicate effectively is of vital importance. Debating is a formal method of public communication that can enhance confidence and self-esteem. The ability to speak publicly, conveying our thoughts and ideas passionately and coherently, is a valuable tool for private, public and future lives. The Towers debating team explores current issues, with a focus on lively discussion, clear presentation and logical argument.
Reading Challenge – The department has created a Reading Challenge for all year groups and KS3 students take part in reading lessons in the library. This aims to promote a positive outlook on reading and engage pupils in a wide variety of texts.
Book Club – A weekly book club provides the forum for pupils to focus on sharing their ideas about texts, expressing opinions and promoting reading to others.
Events – The school annually celebrates World Book Day and National Poetry Day, engaging in a wide variety of activities held within the school. This includes dressing up as a favourite book character in order to raise money for charity.
Theatre/cinema trips – Pupils regularly have the opportunity of seeing a performance of the Shakespeare text they are studying.
Creative Writing Workshop – Talented girls meet weekly to discuss their ideas for stories and produce pieces that are original and entertaining.
The girls are encouraged to stretch their imaginations by using a variety of interesting stimulus.
Poetry and writing competitions – A number of writing competitions are entered throughout the year to encourage independent and original thought. We continue to enjoy considerable competition success.
‘Poetry Live’ – Year 11s go to this annual event where they have the opportunity to listen to poets including Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dhakar, John Agard and Simon Armitage and other poets whose work they are studying for GCSE, as they read and discuss their poems.