Kingsway School : Kingsway School Curriculum
17 SPECIALCHARACTERKEYCOMPETENCIESVALUESVISIONLEARNINGAREASPEDAGOGY Learning for the most part occurs as students use language and as they speak, listen, read, write, observe and reflect upon the processes of their own learning. Learning best takes place in the context of activities that are enjoyable and appropriate to the students’ needs, interests and capacities. These activities should include everyday communication and personal expression, both formal and informal, using literature and the media. As values are inextricably embedded in language, Christian teachers should recognise that their faith will inevitably disclose itself in all forms of language activity. The English language is our main form of communication, therefore, it is important that students develop a command of English in all its forms. HOW IS THE LEARNING AREA STRUCTURED? English is structured around two interconnected strands, each encompassing the oral, written, and visual forms of the language. The strands differentiate between the modes in which students are primarily: • MAKING MEANING of ideas or information they receive (Listening, Reading and Viewing) • CREATING MEANING for themselves or others (Speaking, Writing and Presenting) The achievement objectives within each strand suggest progressions through which most students move as they become more effective oral, written, and visual communicators. Using a set of underpinning processes and strategies, students develop knowledge, skills and understanding related to: • Text purposes and audiences • Ideas within language contexts • Language features that enhance texts • The structure and organisation of texts Media Studies. Made in the image of our Creator, we have a yearning to both create and be entertained by narrative. People immerse themselves in story. The purpose of offering Media Studies is that students enjoy and engage in cinema and story telling mediums not just as “diversion” but with discernment, engaging the culture around them and reflecting on how that distorts and reflects the larger narrative of our lives. ESOL is also available to some of our students throughout the whole school. Students are taught through programmes according to their individual needs. The aim of the course is to enable students of other languages to gain confidence in English as a second language. The students will be able to develop their thinking, knowledge and language skills.
Connect Magazine Term 3 2016