English Language & Literature


The intent of the English curriculum at St Luke’s C of E School is to enable students to understand different viewpoints and perspectives of the world around them through their study of fiction and non-fiction writing and to express their own ideas with confidence and clarity.

We want students to be able to live life to the full through:

  • Developing their ability to question different writers’ viewpoints. This includes being able to understand key themes, make use of evidence, analyse language and recognise why different opinions exist.
  • Being inspired by a range of texts to take responsibility and stand up against social injustice and, in doing so, give hope to others.
  • Understanding, accepting and showing respect to cultural diversity through their study of literature and, in doing so, being inclusive
  • Understanding why people have different opinions to themselves. Engaging in respectful dialogue and debate with others, so that others feel included and to understand there is often a need to compromise.
  • Developing an ability to articulate ideas confidently and clearly, support statements with evidence and make links and connections and form a persuasive argument.
  • Developing strong literacy skills so that they can achieve their best now and in the future.
  • Gaining knowledge, skills and qualifications that open opportunities in their future and enable students to achieve their best.This includes working hard and being able to organise their work and time.

The intent of our curriculum is implemented through leading a community through high expectations and rigorous opportunities in order to deliver a sense of satisfaction from the academic study of literature and language.

This is achieved through our six guiding principles:

Readers are accountable

What it looks like:  

  • Students read out loud
  • Students track the text with a ruler or bookmark
  • Teachers immediately correct mistakes
  • Students are questioned for understanding

Writing is part of the process

What it looks like: 

  • Students complete regular extended writing tasks
  • Teachers use live marking to ensure meaningful and impactful feedback
  • Teachers use models to reinforce academic style
  • High level academic (tier 2) vocabulary embedded into schemes

Practice makes permanent 

What it looks like: 

  • Schemes are built on a skills-first basis
  • Skills are repeated multiple times in a cycle
  • Skills are interleaved between modules
  • Tasks are repeated if the skill is not displayed correctly

Knowledge is not enough 

What it looks like: 

  • Students are explicitly taught the expectations of a high performing academic culture
  • Students are taught to break down what a question is actually asking
  • Students are expected to reflect elements of models (on a ‘skills first’ basis) in their own work.
  • Teachers explicitly model the application of knowledge to a question

A rigorous and critical approach to texts

What it looks like: 

  • Students and teachers see challenge as an accepted part of the culture
  • Teachers explicitly model academic register
  • Teachers never rule out an idea because it is ‘too complicated’

Context is king

What it looks like: 

  • Students are explicitly taught cultural literacy that allows them to engage in a text
  • Teachers plan for opportunities to extend cultural literacy
  • Social issues are explored throughout the curriculum – race, gender, class, social justice, etc.

The Impact of our curriculum will be:

  • that an increasing number of students go on to study English Language or Literature in further education
  • that students are able to communicate with confidence and clarity in a variety of situations
  • that students develop a love of reading
  • that students question the world in which they live
  • that students achieve their full potential and are successful in English
The big questions

The big questions posed by our curriculum are:

  • What makes someone a villain?
  • How do writers communicate creative ideas?
  • Why is it valuable to celebrate different cultures?
  • What kind of power do people struggle for and what causes conflict?
  • Why is it important to fight for equality of race, gender and social class?
5 Year Plan


St Luke’s is a wonderful place.
A school full of staff who are dedicated to improving the life chances of every student that attends the school.

Kealey Sherwood, Headteacher