The English subject knowledge sessions focus on the development of colleagues’ English subject knowledge across all key phases. Our sessions begin chronologically by looking at how children learn to read and write and explore how this develops across the primary phase. We then look at Key Stage Three and the key skills of reading, writing and oracy. We spend several sessions looking at the various ways to approach poetry, Shakespeare and the novel. Rather than focus on the specific knowledge of individual texts, we explore how to approach any text and look at a variety of strategies available to us.
When looking at Key Stage Four, we identify how to make use of exam board specifications, websites and examiner’s reports so that we gain the confidence to deliver lessons catered to a variety of specifications.
We also explore the Key Stage Five English Language and Literature courses and recognise that many trainees will indeed go on to teach at Post-16 and therefore need to be prepared for the demands. Further to this, we look beyond English teaching and explore both Drama and Media Studies specifications acknowledging that many colleagues have passions and experiences that sit outside of traditional English teaching.
English subject knowledge sessions are varied and focus on collaboration. Working together as a group is powerful and it is our mission to ensure that we leave each session with something practical and easy to implement. Time is always given, however, to debate pedagogy. We regularly stop and ask ourselves during sessions, what is truly important in the teaching of English and what our wider responsibilities are in relation to this.
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