At Outwood Academy City Fields, we are committed to raising attainment through the teaching and embedding of essential skills. We also see it as our responsibility to enrich young people’s lives through the exploration and analysis of high quality literature that is contemporary, from different cultures or from the literary heritage. The English department aims to ensure that all students, regardless of ability, are able to learn to communicate effectively in speech and writing, to understand and respond imaginatively and critically to what they read, hear and discuss. A variety of differing media are utilised within the department, allowing students to enjoy both modern and classical literature in its many varied forms. Students are also taught how to adapt their writing for differing audiences and purposes in a variety of formats. Our Year 7 students are also taught a supplementary lesson of literacy every week, fast tracking their functional literacy skills and allowing for the smooth transition from KS2 to KS3 English skills.
Through our programme of study, students leave our academy equipped with the necessary tools to broaden their horizons in the increasingly competitive sectors of education, training and employment. The acquiring of sound communication skills, both verbal and written, is essential to success in later life, and the English department at Outwood City Fields strive to make their lessons reflect this real need for life long literacy skills.
Like all invested English Departments, we offer a number of opportunities, outside of normal curricular time, where students are able to experience other aspects of the subject, while maintaining the focus on improving literacy and communication skills.
One such event that we regularly take part in is ‘World Book Day’. World Book Day celebrates the joy and value of books and reading – and each year we put together an exciting portfolio of school workshops that do just that. Similarly, The Department offers a range of events throughout the year to inspire and engage budding writers and keen readers. In March, we invited students to take part in the BBC Radio 2 competition 500 Words and enjoyed reading their stories even if we had no winner this year! We also work closely with ‘Young Writers’ national programme and have students taking part in national competitions like ‘Poetry Escape’ and ‘Mission Contamination- the 100 word saga’.
Very lastly, we run weekly clubs and ‘enrichment’ sessions. One is a homework & revision hub available for all year groups and this is very well attended. We also run a games club for ‘new to country’ students to allow them to practise their conversational English; a paired reading scheme for Y7 and 8s and weekly enrichment sessions for Y11.
English teachers and directors from across the Trust have created a revision website which is closely tailored to the messages students receive in their English lessons. We have a wealth of expertise in delivering the WJEC/Eduqas specifications that all our academies use for English and our website ensures that students can access advice and materials which will help them to achieve the best grades they can at any time. Students will need their academy Google login details to access the website. The secure website in question is: revision.english.outwood.com