Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a family when you can’t trust your relatives? Or in a society where its leaders are corrupt? Have you ever wanted to explain your own ideas, thoughts, shades of feeling? Have you ever felt different & alone? Have you ever heard two people arguing & wondered how a relationship could degrade into a squabble? Have you ever thought about the breadth of English stories, not just in these isles, but in India, the Caribbean & Africa?
These are some tastes of the breadth of themes we explore. The questions are peopled with characters who will become your friends at crucial times in your life & take you on journeys to corrupt states, utopian landscapes & into your own heart.
The questions of truth, justice & deception are always on the agenda in English lessons. We combine these with a search for accuracy in writing, talking first in small groups, with the person next to you, then, when you are ready, letting those ideas catch fire in a shared discussion. After modelling ideas sometimes using drama (for those who like dressing up), note taking, cartoon drawing, we then write. The ideas are linked with context, so we explore how the world of the story teller shapes the story, just as the world of the reader shapes the understanding.
We analyse how meaning is created &, in a social media world of fake news & constant stories this is of absolute relevance.
For all of our rites of passage, political decisions, most intimate messages, we use language. As W.B.Yeats said, ‘Words alone are certain good.’