At Montgomery we strive to instil an enjoyment and love for reading in our students as reading matters at Montgomery. In English lessons, students explore a wide range of both non-fiction and fiction texts, participating in role-plays, analysis, prediction work and comparisons alongside a wealth of other activities in order to engage with texts from a wide range of historical periods. The department aims to provide students with access to texts from across the ages, widening their cultural knowledge by exploring contexts as they do so. Once they’ve finished a text, we then encourage students to participate in the Accelerated Reader programme, in order to record their understanding of it and provide recommendations for what to read next.
The knowledge and understanding gained from reading then provides students with the skills they need in order to produce their own extended writing. They will learn to take into consideration a variety of different audiences and situations, adapting their language appropriately. Becoming debaters, persuaders, advisers, entertainers, students will write for a number of different purposes, not only to equip them for their GCSEs, but also for the rest of their lives.
Outside of lessons, we also run poetry, writing and reviewing competitions. We arrange trips to theatres, in-house performances and visits from authors and poets to conduct workshops with select students in order to deepen their cultural capital. Homework is set regularly, aiming to give students the opportunity to think about extending their understanding beyond the English classroom, as well as improve their spelling, punctuation and grammar so that it becomes second nature.