English

Aims of the Department

The English department is committed to inspiring a lifelong love of literature in all the boys we teach. We recognise that Literacy is crucial to boys’ academic achievement and therefore endeavour to ensure that our boys are skilled communicators, both orally and on paper. By making the boys aware of the richness of their cultural heritage, we hope that they will leave The Fulham Boys School with a confident overview of the literary canon.

KS3 Units

‘The Legend of English’, featuring The Shadow of the Minotaur (Alan Gibbons).

‘Writing the City’, featuring a selection of London-based poetry and extracts from Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens).

‘The Tragic Hero’, featuring Macbeth (William Shakespeare).

‘Exploring the Unknown’, featuring examples of travel writing and Lord of the Flies (William Golding).

‘War and Conflict’, featuring selected war poetry and The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane).

‘The Language of Prejudice’, featuring Face: The Play (Benjamin Zephaniah).

Lessons

The English department design outstanding lessons that are geared towards boys and ensure that every boy is able to make progress. We ensure that our resources engage boys’ interest and provide them with opportunities to actively develop their learning, be that through group discussion, drama or kinaesthetic activities. We model the process of extended writing to ensure that the boys are equipped to demonstrate their learning across the curriculum. We use our boy-friendly library to inspire our boys to always have a book on the go and to hook them into many of the high-quality series produced in recent years.

What is it like to study English at FBS?

World Book Day: Battle of the Books (Amari Barnes)

There I was gripping my book for dear life as it was my life-support, holding a figurative sword in my notes and with every pair of eyes on me.

I entered the school library with high hopes and one goal. Success. I saw the ‘Battle of the Books’ decorations and knew what to do, and with that Mr. Jeeps and Ms Monti called out me and Nour, also a Liddell 4 member, and my heart-beat grew more audible by the second. I looked him in the eyes and sparked my first witty lines to heat up the audience. “Ladies, First!” Nour takes this and throws down all of his points. After he does, I accept this and  use my points and form a line that went “Only 10 million sales, I have 100 million: get on my level” With the crowd’s roaring agreement I took down my fellow form member. I watched the remaining contests with intense eyes. ‘Traveling alone’ came up against ‘the bible’, and the formidable Josh Shonubi joined the fight. My confidence raised, I stepped into the ring once again to finish the fight.

The final match. A battle royale to finish the war. I start off with my quips” Traveling alone, that speaks for itself” “Welcome to nowhere, psh this book is going nowhere” and Dawud and Seb go into a furious descent finishing with me on top and the crowd cheering. Thanks to me, ‘The Maze Runner’ is the FBS Battle of the Books champion 2018.