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English

English Department Staff

Mrs Reedie

Miss Crook

Ms Hannah

Ms Coleman

Courses

S1- S3 Curriculum for Excellence

In S1-S3 pupils develop skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and Talking. These skills are applied to functional Literacy and Literature tasks. Pupils read a range of texts in different genres between S1 and S3 and are encouraged to develop an analytical approach to reading literature through developing critical essay skills. Pupils also draw from real life and creative contexts to develop their own writing in different genres. Presentation and group discussion are used to instil confidence in talking to an audience and to develop listening. Pupils participate in the Accelerated Reading scheme and are encouraged to select books to read for enjoyment and interest. Teachers draw from extensive resources to contextualise learning and provide appropriate progress, breadth and depth.  A number of teaching methods including cooperative and active approaches are used as appropriate.  There is opportunity to work interdepartmentally at each stage. Pupils maintain a profile of their learning and are often prompted to reflect on their targets, strategies for success and improvement needs.

Most S3 pupils will have the opportunity to embark on the National 4 literacy Unit in the final term.

S4 National Course

The National 4 English Course enables learners to develop their literacy skills and to understand, analyse and evaluate texts in the contexts of literature, language and media. The Course also enables learners to create and produce texts, and provides opportunities to develop planning and research skills, applying language skills as appropriate.

Course structure

  • Analysis and Evaluation

Reading and Listening

(Unit 1)

  • Creation and Production

Writing and Talking

(Unit 2)

  • Functional Literacy Unit

(Unit 3)

  • Added Value Assessment

(Combination of all skills= course exam)

National 5

The National 5 English Course enables learners to develop their literacy skills and to understand, analyse and evaluate texts, including Scottish texts, in the contexts of literature, language and media. The Course also enables learners to create and produce texts and to apply their knowledge and understanding of language.

Course structure

  • Analysis and Evaluation

Reading and Listening

(Unit 1)

  • Creation and Production

Writing and Talking

(unit 2)

  • External Assessment

Folio of writing (2 pieces)

Close Reading

Critical essay

Scottish set text Textual Analysis

S5/ 6 National Course/ Higher and Advanced Higher

Higher Still

Intermediate 1

The Intermediate 1 qualification in English develops learners' communication and understanding of the written and spoken word. The course will allow them to handle increasingly complex texts and to produce increasingly sophisticated verbal and written communications.

Learners will gain valuable analysis and evaluation skills, from skimming to close-reading. They will be able to use structure, style and language and understand how these affect meaning. Learners will also be able to undertake independent study and form their own opinions.

The Intermediate 1 English Course is at SCQF level 4.

Intermediate 2

The Intermediate 2 qualification in English gives learners a thorough understanding of language and the different forms of its expression: poetry, prose, drama and media. They will learn how to study a variety of texts in some depth and develop their own critical responses.

Learners will extend their reading skills by analysing a wide variety of complex texts. Their listening skills which will be honed in a variety of contexts, including group discussion. They will develop their writing skills, using different tones and styles to fit various situations. They will also extend their verbal skills through presenting information and opinions.

The Intermediate 2 English Course is at SCQF level 5.

Higher

The Higher qualification in English immerses learners in literature. They will be given an understanding of the great works of writing in English – from various cultures – and be encouraged to study these independently.

Learners will gain extensive skills in understanding, evaluation, comparison and analysis. They will be able to work on their own and carry out close examination of texts, making reference to material they have studied earlier. They will learn how to express themselves in a sophisticated fashion in a variety of forms.

The Higher English Course is at SCQF level 6.

Advanced Higher

The Advanced Higher qualification in English enables learners to specialise in various areas of study. They will be given the opportunity to closely study some of the great works of English literature.

Learners will gain considerable ability in thinking and working independently. Their language skills will be sophisticated, as will be their analytical skills.

The Advanced Higher English Course is at SCQF level 7.