English

Department Aims

  • To provide a learning environment which takes into consideration the needs, aptitudes and abilities of pupils.
  • To provide a learning environment which challenges all pupils and which all pupils find stimulating and demanding:

This includes

  • Promoting a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Developing pupils’ enterprising skills and attitudes
  • Promoting awareness of rights and responsibilities relating to education for citizenship
  • Ensuring appropriate support to meet all pupil’s needs re literacy and numeracy
  • To encourage pupils to work at all times to the best of their ability and to make them aware that only their best efforts will do.
  • To monitor Pupils’ progress via informal and formal assessments and through informal discussions with them.
  • To make pupils aware of the purpose of, and assessment criteria for, courses followed within the department.
  • To prepare pupils thoroughly for both internal and external examinations.
  • To foster self-discipline within pupils by teaching them how to arrange work, study etc. via regular homework tasks.
  • To encourage pupils to show consideration for others and to take care of their working environment and learning materials.
  • To have high but realistic expectations of all pupils.

 

Staff

Miss Hayley Shaw        Principal Teacher of English
Miss Gillan Pryce         Principal Teacher of Pupil Support       
Mrs Lorraine Egerton    Principal Teacher of Pupil Support                 
Mrs C Frew 
Miss L Moore
Mrs E Brown             

 

 

Accommodation

The department consists of seven working classrooms with a designated computer suite (OP2/7) and a multiple use computer suite (OP2/3).  The department base also has a number of computers along with storage for materials used by the department.

Each classroom is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard used in conjunction with regular black/whiteboards boards.

There are designated display areas in each classroom as well as the English Department open area.


Courses

Broad General Education      Level 3      S1 / S2       Course Units

Rationale:

In this course, there will be an emphasis on skills development and the application of those skills. Assessment approaches will be proportionate and fit for purpose and will promote best practice, enabling learners to achieve the highest standards they can.

This Course provides learners with opportunities to continue to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities, as well as skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.

All Courses provide opportunities for learners to develop breadth, challenge and application, but the focus and balance of the assessment will be appropriate for the subject area e.g. the study of English.

Relationship between the Course and Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles

Language and literacy are of personal, social and economic importance. Learners’ ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of their emotions, thinking, learning, and sense of personal identity.

The Course provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills in listening and talking, reading and writing, which are essential for learning, life and work; to develop their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings and respond to those of other people; and to use different media effectively for learning and communication. 

The Course also provides learners with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how language works, and use language to communicate ideas and information in English; to use creative and critical thinking to synthesise ideas and arguments; and to develop critical literacy skills and personal, interpersonal and team working skills. 

The Course provides learners with the opportunity to develop independent learning; and to enhance their enjoyment and their understanding of their own and other cultures.

The Course fosters an appreciation of language awareness, and of a wide range of literature and texts. This enables learners to access their own cultural heritage and history, as well as the culture and history of others.

The Course enables learners to understand and use vocabulary, word patterns, text structures and styles. Learners recognise, analyse and use language for a range of purposes. Through this Course, learners develop the ability to understand and use language in practical and relevant contexts.

Learners encounter a wide range of different types of texts in different media. Building on the four capacities, the Course enables learners to communicate, be critical thinkers, develop cultural awareness, and be active. Learners develop an appreciation of Scotland’s literacy and linguistic heritage.

Purpose and aim of the Course

The main purpose of the Course is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening and talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language.

As learners develop their literacy skills, they will be able to process information more easily, apply knowledge of language in practical and relevant contexts, and gain confidence to undertake new and more challenging tasks in a variety of situations. 

Building on literacy skills, the Course develops understanding of the complexities of language, including through the study of a wide range of texts. The Course develops high levels of analytical thinking and understanding of the impact of language.

The Course offers learners opportunities to develop and extend a wide range of skills. In particular, the Course aims to enable learners to develop the ability to:

  • listen and talk, read and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context.
  • understand, analyse  and evaluate texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • plan and research, integrating and applying language skills as appropriate to purpose, audience
  • apply knowledge of language and context


National 4

Background

The main purpose of this course is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing in order to understand language.

They will develop important skills, attitudes and attributes, including:

  • developing their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings and responding to those of other people
  • using different media effectively for learning and communication
  • understanding and using vocabulary, word patterns, text structure and style.
  • developing the ability to recognize, analyse and use language for a range of purposes
  • developing their ability to use language in practical and relevant contexts

Building on the four capacities the course enables learners to:

  • communicate
  • think critically
  • develop cultural awareness
  • be creative
  • develop an appreciation of Scotland’s literary and linguistic heritage. 

The English course should encourage pupils to be inspired and challenged by exploring personal thoughts and ideas in creating and appreciating language.  The skills that pupils acquire by successfully completing the course will be valuable for learning, life and work and will relate to a range of vocations and careers.

Aims

The aims of the course are to enable pupils to:-

  • to develop their skills of listening, talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language
  • process information more easily
  • apply knowledge of language in practical and relevant contexts
  • gain confidence to undertake new and more challenging tasks in a variety of situations
  • listen, talk, read and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • understand, analyse and evaluate texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in the context of literature, language and media
  • create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • plan and research, integrating and applying language skills as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • apply knowledge of language

Processes

Pupils will be involved in the following tasks:-

  • listening and talking, reading and writing, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • reading to understand, analyse and evaluate literature, language and media
  • creating and producing texts of different genre ( personal, creative, discursive, functional)
  • planning and researching areas of personal interest and literary topics
  • individual presentations, group discussion and whole class debates
  • applying knowledge of  language through close reading tasks

Clientele

This course is aimed at learners who wish to build on prior learning experienced in a broad general education at Level 3 or who have achieved National 3 English and who wish to progress onto a higher level of study

Outcomes

Pupils will be able to:- 

  • create and produce straight forward texts
  • understand straight forward texts
  • analyse and evaluate literature, language and media as appropriate to purpose  and audience
  • communicate through talking and writing
  • demonstrate technical accuracy in written  work

Course Structure

There are 4 mandatory units in this course:

  • Analysis and Evaluations
  • Creation and production
  • Literacy
  • Added Value

Assessment

All units internally assessed against the requirement shown in unit specification.

They will be assessed as pass/fail within centres.

SQA will provide rigorous external quality assurance, including external verification, to ensure assessment judgments are consistent and meet national standards.


National 5

Background

The general aim of this course is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language. As learners develop their skills they will be able to apply knowledge of language in practical and relevant contexts, and gain confidence to undertake  new and more challenging task in a variety of situations.

They will develop important skills, attitudes and attributes, including:

  • developing their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings and responding to those of other people
  • using different media effectively for learning and communication
  • understanding and using complex vocabulary, word patterns, text structure and style.
  • developing the ability to recognize, analyse and use complex language for a range of purposes
  • developing their ability to use complex language in practical and relevant contexts.

Building on the four capacities the course enables learners to:

  •  communicate
  • be critical thinkers
  • develop cultural awareness
  • be creative
  • develop an appreciation of Scotland’s literary and linguistic heritage.

The English course should encourage pupils to be inspired and challenged by exploring personal thoughts and ideas in creating and appreciating language.  The skills that pupils acquire by successfully completing the course will be valuable for learning, life and work and will relate to a range of vocations and careers.

 Aims                     

The aims of the course are to enable pupils to:- 

  • develop an understanding of how language works
  • use language to communicate ideas
  • to use creative and critical thinking to synthesise ideas
  • develop critical literacy skills
  • develop personal, interpersonal and team-working skills
  • develop independent learning
  • enhance their enjoyment and understanding of their own and other cultures
  • apply knowledge in practical and relevant contexts
  • gain confidence to undertake new and more challenging tasks in a variety of situations
  • develop an understanding of the complexities of language through the study of a wide range of texts
  • create and produce texts as appropriate to purpose and audience

Processes

Pupils will be involved in the following tasks:-

  •  the detailed study of a wide range of texts in the context of literature/ language or media
  • listening and talking, reading and writing, as appropriate to purpose audience and context
  • understanding, analysing and evaluating texts, including Scottish texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience
  • creating and producing texts of different genre ( personal, creative, discursive, functional)
  • individual presentations, group discussion and whole class debates
  • applying knowledge and understanding of language through close reading

Clientele

This course is aimed at learners who wish to build on prior learning experienced in a broad general education at Level 4 or who have achieved National 4 English and who wish to progress onto a higher level of study.

Outcomes

Pupils will be able to:-

  • create and produce more complex texts
  • understand , analyse and evaluate more complex texts
  • understand, analyse and evaluate literature, language and media
  • communicate effectively individually and as part of a team
  • demonstrate sound understanding of how language works and be able to apply this to their own writing

Course Structure                    

This course is made up of two mandatory units:

  • Analysis and Evaluation (National 5)
  • Creation and Production ( National 5)

To gain the award of the course, the learner must pass all of the units as well as the course assessment

Course Assessment

Course assessment will consist of two components:

  • a question paper titled ‘Reading’
  • a portfolio titled ‘Writing’

The reading question paper will account for 70% of the overall mark. It will contain two sections:

Section One:  Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation           30 marks

Assessment will involve learners answering questions to show these reading skills and completing a task that involves inference making and summarizing.

Section Two:  Critical Reading    40 marks

Part 1 will involve pupils writing a critical essay                                    20 marks

Part 2 will involve pupils answering questions on a Scottish text           20 marks

                  chosen from a list of specified texts

Learners must cover a different genre in each part of the assessment.

Component 2 : Writing a Portfolio       30 marks

The portfolio will comprise two written texts

One creative                         15 marks

One discursive                     15 marks

 

Higher Course beginning 2015/2016

 Your new English course is a one-year course.  The work is focused on two compulsory Units.  These are:      English: Analysis and Evaluation (Higher)

English: Creation and Production (Higher)

You will study these Units concurrently, which means that you will do work for both Units throughout the course, rather than one at a time. To achieve a Higher English pass, you must pass all the Units as well as the course assessment, which comprises an exam and a folio.

Analysis and Evaluation Unit

The purpose of this Unit is to give you the opportunity to develop listening and reading skills. You will develop your skills in understanding, analysing and evaluating detailed and complex language, through the study of a wide range of texts in language, literature and media contexts.  At least one Scottish set text will be studied each year.

Creation and Production Unit

This Unit’s purpose is to provide you with the opportunity to develop talking and writing skills. You will be developing the skills needed to create and produce detailed and complex language in both written and oral form.

Classwork

Your teacher will give you close reading exercises and language work to do in class.  When studying literary texts you can expect to carry out note-taking, learning quotations, and essay-writing, both in school and at home.  Personal reading will be a regular and important part of your work.  Additionally, you will be doing several pieces of extended writing during the course, which will include reflective and creative writing as well as report writing and argumentative or discursive essays.  Individual presentations and group discussion will also be a feature of the course.

Unit Outcomes

Creation and Production

  • Two pieces of writing      produced for different purposes: personal/expressive and      transactional/discursive
  • Minimum of one talk      performance: either group discussion or individual presentation

 Analysis and Evaluation

  • Analyse and evaluate one      complex written text, eg a close reading passage or a literary text
  • Analyse and evaluate one      example of detailed and complex spoken language, eg a panel discussion,      part of a documentary, radio broadcast…

Course Assessment Structure

  • Exam papers (close reading; one critical essay; one Scottish      set text question) - 70 marks

This breaks down as 30 marks for Close Reading, 20 marks for the critical essay, 20 marks for Scottish set text question.

  • Folio ( one creative/reflective piece; one discursive/argumentative      essay) – 30 marks

Each piece attracts 15 marks. You may redraft these no more than twice before sending to SQA.

Your Higher exam result will be graded A – D.  Class assessments and prelims will reflect the balance and content of the final course assessment. Students who are unable to pass the course assessments at Higher level cannot be presented for the Higher exam and may need to change to National 5.