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The English Faculty are pleased to offer a range of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural experiences through the topics we teach and the experiences we offer. Spirituality is explored through careful selection of texts in order to offer a variety of perspectives on life whilst respecting student’s own beliefs. Moral issues are explored and discussed to encourage students to identify right from wrong so they can make informed choices in adult life.  Students are encouraged to develop their social skills in a variety of contexts, including presentations and group work.  Students expand their understanding of other cultures through their study of literature and non-fiction. The teaching of English is underpinned by SMSC and is embedded implicitly and explicitly within our lessons, in all topics.

Some examples of how SMSC is included are:

Spiritual development within English

  • English Year 7 – Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – exploring the value of human life.

English Year 8 – Spoken Word – Creativity in learning

English Year 9- Relationship Poetry – Exploring own identity and other perspectives.

  • English Key Stage Four Poetry ‘Moon on the Tides Anthology’ Conflict Poetry– sense of identity and self-worth
  • English Key Stage Five text transformation unit – sense of identity

Moral development within English

  • English Year 7 Shakespeare unit –Macbeth – exploring choices made – moral values
  • English Year 8 Writings of War unit – Justification of war and related moral implications
  • English Year 9 News and Current Affairs – investigation and offering reasoned views
  • English Key Stage Four – ‘Of Mice and Men’, Steinbeck – discrimination; social values
  • English Key Stage Four – Speaking and Listening discussions and debates on topical issues
  • English Key Stage Five– Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea – social values and moral decisions in historical context and compared with contemporary society
  • English Key Stage Five Streetcar Named Desire – social and moral values in historical context and compared with contemporary society

 Social development within English

English Year 7 – Bond, James Bond – Creativity through group work and developing presentational skills.

English Year 8 – A Christmas Carol – Understanding of different socio-economic backgrounds

English Year 9  – Creating a School Magazine – Collaborating with others

English Key Stage Four – Speaking and Listening – group discussions and presentations; drama role play and hot seating – team learning

English Key Stage Four – Spoken Language – the study of language and how we communicate – socially acceptable conventions

English Key Stage Five – Talk Theory – the study of language and how we communicate – socially acceptable conventions

Cultural development within English

  • English Year 7 – Travel Writing – Exploring perspectives on places
  • English Year 8 – The Hunger Games – Exploring norms and rules in society
  • English Year 9 Poetry ‘ Moon on the Tides Anthology’  – understanding different cultures and experiences
  • English Key Stage Four ‘Of Mice and Men’, Steinbeck – understanding American contemporary culture and context
  • English Year 10 – media and non-fiction – how different cultures are portrayed in media texts
  • English Key Stage Five – The Kite Runner – historical, social and cultural context of the novel including religion and war in Afghanistan
  • English Key Stage Five – Huckleberry Finn – historical, social and cultural context of the United States

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