At Hall School Wimbledon, pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow a broad English curriculum with a methodical approach to progression through the years. In Year 7, pupils begin the year by sharpening their reading and writing skills through the study of a text, with the specific aim of bridging the gap between the primary and secondary phases. They then follow a set curriculum, which is mostly repeated in Years 8 and 9 but with a more in-depth, nuanced approach. This helps us to track the pupils’ progress in each topic year on year while maintaining a full, rich curriculum.
The English curriculum is purposely designed to be challenging so that our pupils can develop their independence and resilience while in a safe, supportive environment. The oft-quoted ethos of building the whole child is very much at the heart of our curriculum.
We ensure that our pupils are able to express themselves with at least one lesson per week dedicated to descriptive, narrative or persuasive writing. Furthermore, our study of literature challenges our pupils to reflect on their views of the world in light of historical context and current affairs.
In Years 10 and 11, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature are compulsory courses of study. At Hall School Wimbledon, the pupils follow the AQA curriculum for both qualifications. There is one tier of entry, which covers the complete ability range of grades 9-1.
For GCSE English Language, pupils read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and develop their written voice through creative and persuasive writing tasks. For GCSE English Literature, pupils cover a range of texts from different periods of time. They are currently studying Macbeth, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, An Inspector Calls, and AQA’s Power and Conflict anthology of poems.
Extracurricular opportunities offered to pupils will include a junior drama club, opportunities to take part in school shows, and the chance to achieve Lamda qualifications.