In order to think and communicate, we all need language and within English lessons at Radnor House, students learn to express themselves as independent and creative individuals, in speech and in writing of a variety of different genres. In providing these opportunities, English is crucial to students’ learning in other subjects across the curriculum but also unique in the way it teaches students to become perceptive and critical readers of a wide range of different texts, from non-fiction and media texts to spoken language, plays, poetry and novels.
The Junior School
Key Stage 2 - Years 5 to 6
English in Year 5 at Key Stage Two provides an effective balance between teaching the basic skills of literacy that are necessary in order to be an effective communicator and fostering an enjoyment of reading and writing that will last into adulthood.
The Senior School
Key Stage 3 - Years 7 to 9
At the heart of each unit at Key Stage Three are challenging and enjoyable texts that provide the inspiration for our assessment of pupils’ speaking and listening skills (within discussion, individual presentations and through role play) and their reading and writing skills.
Key Stage 4 - Years 10 to 11 GCSE
At Key Stage Four, pupils hone the reading, writing and speaking and listening skills that they have acquired in previous key stages by engaging with a variety of challenging texts and tasks.
Key Stage 5 - A Level
A-level English Literature at Radnor House encourages students to read widely, creatively and independently. As at Key Stage Four, a real variety of different texts are studied that range across centuries, genre and gender.