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.
‘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).
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.