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SMSC in English

The English Department are proud to offer a range of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural experiences through English lessons and extra-curricular activities. Visits to the theatre and Redditch and Worcester Magistrate Courts extend spiritual, moral, social and cultural appreciation and understanding of society. Students express their creativity and understanding of other cultures through their study of literature and non-fiction texts. Competitions and clubs are offered to allow students to develop and showcase their skills, knowledge and experiences through SMSC in English.

Spiritual development within English

  • English Yr9 Introduction to Literature unit – sense of identity and self-worth
  • English Yr9 Poetry ‘Moon on the Tides Anthology’ Section 1 ‘Character and Voice’; Section 2 ‘Place’ – sense of identity and self-worth
  • English Yr9 text transformation unit – sense of identity
  • English Yr13 text transformation unit – sense of identity
  • English Yr9 transition unit – self – worth
  • English Yr8 – Private Peaceful – reflection, self-worth and history
  • English Yr8 – Conflict Poetry – increased sense of identity
  • English Yr8 – National Issue Community Project – increased sense of identity, understanding of diverse groups.
  • English Yr7 – Holes – reflection, self-worth and identity

Moral development within English

  • Magistrates competition – Yr8s and 9
  • English Yr9 Introduction to Literature unit – prejudice in literature
  • English Yr9 Titanic unit – social class division and prejudice
  • English Yr8 Shakespeare unit – Romeo and Juliet– exploring choices made – moral values
  • English Yr10 Shakespeare unit – Macbeth – exploring choices made – moral values
  • English Yr7 Shakespeare unit – Introduction to Shakespeare – exploring choices made – moral values
  • English Yr10 – Lord of the Flies – prejudice; social values
  • English Yr9 Poetry ‘Moon on the Tides Anthology’ Section 3 Conflict – WW1 conflict; race and gender prejudice and discrimination
  • English Yr8 Conflict – WW1 conflict; race and gender prejudice and discrimination
  • English Yr9 – ‘Of Mice and Men’, Steinbeck – discrimination; social values
  • English Yrs 7– 13 – Speaking and Listening discussions and debates on topical issues
  • English Yr11 – media and non-fiction unit – how different genders and cultures are portrayed in the media
  • English Yr12 – 12th Night and Dracula – social values and moral decisions in historical context and compared with contemporary society
  • English Yr13 – Streetcar Named Desire – social and moral values in historical context and compared with contemporary society

Social development within English

  • Magistrates competition – Yr8 and 9 students
  • English Yr9 Poetry ‘Moon on the Tides Anthology’ Section 4 ‘Relationships’
  • English Yrs7 – 13 – Speaking and Listening – group discussions and presentations; drama role play and hot seating – team learning
  • English Yr9 – Titanic – social values and theme of power within society
  • English Yr12 – 12th Night and Dracula – theme of irreconcilable differences – social values
  • English Yr10 – Lord of the Flies – social values; theme of power within society

Cultural development within English

  • English Yr9 Poetry ‘ Moon on the Tides Anthology’ Section 2 ‘Place’ – understanding different cultures and experiences
  • English Yr8 and 11 – Conflict and Literary Heritage Poetry – understanding different cultures and experiences
  • English Yr9 ‘Of Mice and Men’, Steinbeck – understanding American contemporary culture and context
  • English Year 11 – An Inspector Calls – historical, social and cultural context of the play
  • English Yr10 – media and non-fiction – how different cultures are portrayed in media texts
  • English Yr13 – A Streetcar Named Desire – historical, social and cultural context of the play