Mrs Cathy Smith

Head of English/Literacy

Miss Charlotte Valles

English Teacher

English is one of the most well-liked subjects at Pencalenick School. We have two expectations of children within the department - one being that they will enjoy their lessons and benefit from engagement with a wide range of great literature. The second is that they will make significant progress in reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Our aim is for all pupils to make at least three National Curriculum Levels of progress during their time with us. We also aim for pupils to make at least three years of Reading Age progress while they are with us.


 In each year of their English study, children will experience a broad and balanced curriculum that covers fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction and media. They will be exposed to a range of the best writers in our rich English language heritage including Shakespeare, Dickens, Steinbeck, Tennyson and Blake as well as many other classic writers and poets. Texts from other cultures are also studied, including Chinese and Italian poetry in translation, as well as specifically Cornish texts such as Jill Paton Walsh's 'Thomas and the Tinners' and the poetry of Charles Causley.


The curriculum is delivered through a range of creative activities including visual, dramatic and kinaesthetic learning opportunities built into lessons on a regular basis. In addition to this, the curriculum is personalised to each child's individual learning needs to facilitate the best progression possible. On entry, each child is given a standardised Reading Test and phonics test and based on these results, will enter a synthetic phonics programme at the correct level for their learning stage. The programme is supported by wider reading through tutor and parental involvement in our whole school Accelerated Reading Scheme. In addition to this, literacy is supported and promoted across the whole school curriculum through individual literacy targets.


At Key Stage 4 we aim for all children to achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the highest level possible. This translates as GCSEs for our highest achieving pupils and Functional Skills qualifications at the appropriate level for other pupils. In addition to this, all pupils follow a Functional Skills unit in Year 11 based on a 'real life' project such as organising a charity event or planning a school trip. This has proved extremely popular and keeps pupils highly motivated right up to the end of their time with us.


"I like English because I like working with my friends and learning new things that I didn't know before".  Callum


"I like English because it's fun and it lets me write stories and funny poems".  Joe


"In English I like reading, targets and using phonics".  Aiden