Welcome to the English Department
The London Oratory School English and Drama Department aims to encourage students to read broadly, articulate their thoughts expressively and to understand texts that have influenced society and culture over the years. It is important that the students at The London Oratory School leave with a sound understanding of the world in which they live and are confidently able to express themselves and communicate effectively with others.
Junior House (Key Stage 2)
At Key Stage Two the units are written to allow pupils to develop skills and confidence in the following areas: speaking and listening, including group discussion, role play and improvisation; reading and understanding fiction and non-fiction texts; composition, planning and drafting of written work, as well as spelling, punctuation, language structure, handwriting and presentation.
First, Second and Third-Forms (Key Stage 3)
At Key Stage Three the units are written to allow progression from first form to third form and they focus on: speaking and listening; understanding poetry; personal, descriptive, persuasive and informative writing; understanding short stories, prose fiction and Shakespeare.
Fourth and Fifth-Forms (Key Stage 4)
Students in fourth and fifth form take both English and English Literature GCSE (see www.ocr.org.uk for full course details). Pupils cover a range of texts including poetry, short stories, plays and prose.
In the sixth form, we offer OCR English Literature at A Level (see www.ocr.org.uk). We expect students to study independently and to read around their set texts to allow them to develop their critical skills. Pupils are often offered a chance to attend a number of out of school theatre productions.
The English Department runs a literary society for Sixth Formers interested in enhancing understanding of literature and developing a breadth of knowledge of literary works and authors.
The Drama Club also runs for pupils in KS3, offering them a chance to gain confidence and skills in drama, speaking and listening in a challenging and supportive environment. The Drama Club also presents regular plays in the school theatre.
Film Appreciation Society
The Film Appreciation Society runs weekly to enable pupils to develop an understanding of films.
Pupils in the senior school are also invited to take part in a number of theatre productions throughout the school year.
Recommended Reading Lists
Letters to parents of
|First to Third Form - click here |
|First to Second Form - click here
|Sixth Form Girls - click here
Sixth Form Boys - click here
Mr S Ashenden
Miss E Bennett
Miss K Mullooly
Miss S Owen
Miss D Robertson