In the English learning area at Westminster School, the study, enjoyment and critical use of a range of spoken, written and visual texts enables students to develop knowledge about how language functions and how texts reflect and shape social attitudes and practices. Students need to become critical and creative users of English language, in order to develop skills and values to engage with all aspects of their learning lives.

Through the study of English, students learn that language transmits cultural perspectives, including gender, ethnicity and class as they think, imagine, challenge, remember, create and narrate. Using language they work through ideas, and discover and convey information. They learn how language shapes meaning and reality, what this means for issues of identity and interdependence, and how it is used for a range of purposes and in different contexts.

English involves learning about texts and about language, using the modes of speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing. Learners comprehend and compose a range of literature, media and everyday texts. They explore and engage with fictional, factual, non-print and multimedia texts from diverse cultural perspectives, take pleasure in using these texts to explore ideas, and think imaginatively and critically about themselves, their world and the global community. They are also able to use the texts they read, view and listen to as resources for creating and constructing their own texts.

As students move through the English curriculum at Westminster School there is an expectation that the language they use in different texts and contexts will develop. This will be evident as they:

  • interpret increasingly complex meanings

  • interpret and produce different text types in a wider range of contexts.

  • focus on producing multimodal communication in different media and contexts.

  • critically analyse the intended use of and availability of digital and electronic technologies.

The English Learning Area aims to develop in all students:

  • the ability to critically and creatively speak, listen, read, view and write with intellectual and emotional engagement, including imagination, passion and confidence, for a range of audiences and contexts

  • knowledge of the ways language is used for different purposes, audiences and contexts, and the capability to apply this knowledge

  • knowledge of and respect for diverse cultures

  • a knowledge of a broad range of texts and the capability to critically analyse these texts in relation to different contexts.

The English teachers at Westminster School are passionate about the teaching of English and will endeavour to inspire their students to adopt a love of literature and language.