- Mr J Murphy (Head of Department)
- Mrs C Rankin
The English Department aims to provide interesting and enjoyable experiences in reading, writing, talking and listening.
We believe that the study of English will provide our pupils with the opportunities to communicate effectively in a variety of ways through all other subjects across the curriculum and as they develop into adult life.
We believe that reading provides pupils with a key to many doors and therefore try to give pupils as many opportunities to read as we can. Some of these opportunities include:
- Reading Partnership
- Linguistic Phonics
- Scholastic Book Club
- Library Classes
- Class Libraries
- Class Novels
We also aim to develop the pupils’ ability to, and understanding of how to communicate through Drama, Media Studies and ICT and offer the pupils a variety of opportunities to be involved in drama activities as well as studying advertising, film making and multi-modal texts and using software such as Photoshop and Movie Maker.
In Key Stage 4 pupils follow a GCSE course in English Language. We currently use the CCEA Specification. Through this pupils enhance the skills developed at Key Stage 3 and are given opportunities to see live theatre performances as well as receiving guidance through after school English Clubs and Coursework Help Clubs.
English is a core subject, which pupils must engage with in some form until the end of Key Stage 4. Therefore, our focus in the English Department at Key Stage Three is to develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment for the subject. As such, pupils study a wide range of novels, poetry and other literature at Key Stage Three in order to encourage a positive engagement with the subject. In addition our aim is to help pupils to acquire the skills base and understanding designed to enable them to reach their full potential in the subject, both at Key Stage Three and beyond.
This year, pupils in Year 8 and Year 9 will be engaged in the Accelerated Reader programme for at least one period a week in English. This is the second year that pupils will have the opportunity to participate in this exciting and interactive reading programme. It was highly successful last year, not only in encouraging a love of reading in our Year 8 pupils but also in furthering their reading skills. We look forward to building on the success of last year with this year’s young readers!
At Key Stage 4, pupils will follow either of the following two pathways, depending on their needs and skills:
- Essential Skills English
- GCSE English
GCSE English Language examined by CCEA, builds on the broad objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum to test pupils in each of the following three areas of attainment:
- Speaking and Listening
The information below summarises the content of the GCSE English Language course:
- Exam Unit 1 – Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts
- Exam Unit 2 – Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction
- Controlled Assessment – Speaking and Listening
- Controlled Assessment – Study of Spoken Language, Study of Written Language, Writing Creatively
The Essential Skills course undertaken in Year 11 is Entry Level Essential Skills in Literacy. This involves assessment in the following key elements:
- Exam Unit - Reading and Writing Skills
- One to One Interview – Reading and Speaking and Listening
- Group Discussion – Speaking and Listening
In Year 12, Essential Skills pupils study for Essential Skills in Communication Level 1. The following assessment units will be undertaken:
- Desk Top Task
Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils are welcome at the Library Club run by Mrs Smyth and Mrs Crothers two lunch times a week.
GCSE English pupils are encouraged to attend Mrs Rankin’s after school English Help Club on Mondays or with Mrs Lemon after school on Wednesdays.
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