English and Literacy
Mr A Thomson - Curricular Leader
Mrs C Anderson
Mr R Cameron
Mrs L Condron
Ms K McGrory
Mr J Caldicott
Mr S Watson
English study at S1-S3 level follows the Curriculum for Excellence and concentrates on reading, writing, listening and talking development. This builds up to Nationals 4 and 5 in S4. Students learn to identify key aspects of reading and writing such as structure, purpose, audience, levels of meaning, tone and stylistic techniques. They are also encouraged to write in a variety of styles, using techniques learned from their study of literature and close reading of texts. Students are encouraged to develop talking skills by participating in class and group discussions connected with coursework and by giving solo talks and group presentations on a variety of subjects.
In S4, National 4 and 5 certification is made up of assessment in talk, listening, reading and writing. National 4 is internally assessed: students must also complete an added value unit which requires them to apply all of the above skills to an extended piece of research. The course also includes a literacy unit. National 5 is assessed by a final exam worth 70%, and a writing folio worth 30% of the final grade.
National 5 English leads to Higher English in S5 (S6 for some) and Advanced Higher in S6 for those students who wish to take their studies further.
S1: Literature Circles (see attached document), reading and tasks, completion of classwork where required, personal reading and differentiated grammar booklet.
S2: Newsreaders (see attached document), reading and tasks, completion of classwork where required, personal reading and differentiated grammar booklet.
S3: Personal reading, completion of classwork where required, tasks to support and extend learning in class, close reading activities and differentiated grammar booklet.
S4: Personal reading, completion of classwork where required, tasks to support and extend learning in class, revision for Nationals assessment and exams.
S5/6: Personal reading, completion of classwork where required, tasks to support and extend learning in class, revision for NABs and exams.
The Debating Club has had a lot of success over the last few weeks. Both our Senior team and Junior team have reached the Second round of ESU Debating Competition. Our Senior team is Isaac Riley and Ben Grahame. Our Junior team is Jonathan Riley and Luke Cumming-McMillan. We are also participating in the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating tournament at the end of the month so hopefully we have more success on the way!
Easter Revision Sessions
There are a number of revision sessions over the Easter Holidays in-school. These are an ideal opportunity to brush up on the bits and pieces you still need to sort before the final exam!
The sessions are as follows:
Mon 28th March 10-12: Nat5/Higher Carol Ann Duffy Revision: Ms McGrory
Mon 4th April 10-12: Higher Reading for UAE (Close Reading): Mr Caldicott
Wed 6th April 10-12: Nat 5 Reading for UAE (Close Reading): Mr Thomson
Thur 7th April 10-12: Nat 5 Critical Essay: Mr Thomson
Thur 7th April 1-3: Higher/Nat 5 Iain Crichton Smith Revision: Mr Thomson
Fri 8th April 10-12: Higher Critical Essay: Mr Thomson
Folio Submission 2016 - National 5 and Higher
This year, folios must be given to class teachers for submission to the SQA by:
National 5: March 9th 2016
Higher: April 13th 2016
In addition, the department will be running 'folio clinics' in the computer suites in the library every Tuesday from the 9th February. You can come along and get advice, or just use the computers to type and print. There will be English teachers on hand in case you have any queries.
Public Speaking 2015
And the winners were....
ROSEBERY! The full list of speakers and topics is below. The judges praised the very high quality of the speakers and I would concur – best in ten years.
The individual speech prize went to Seona Noble (S6) of Hopetoun, with a funny, bright speech entitled Are We Replacing Our Minds With Technology?
S2 Kerr Burns- Skiing Accident
S3 Mitchell Chai- Global Warming
S4 Daniel Young- The Impact of the Snowden Revelations
S5 Beth Mitchell- The Future of Social Media
S6 Ross Doyle- The Significance of the Garden Shed in Our Culture
Mr Caldicott: our new...celebrity.
We are all very impressed and proud as punch of Mr Caldicott this week, as he published his first collection of short stories. The book, "His Precious Burden" is all about the relationships we have with our fathers, and yesterday beat both Stephen King and Hilary Mantel to be the number 1 seller in Literary Short Stories on Amazon.
The Evening News story on his success can be found here:
Ms McGrory's Higher Class:
Salinger, J.D 'The Catcher in the Rye' (any edition)
Byrne, John 'The Slab Boys' (any edition)
Advanced Higher English
Gray, Alasdair, Lanark: A Life in Four Books (any edition fine)
Williams, Tennessee, A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays, London: Penguin, 2000 (also studying Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth in the same edition)
Other useful texts for independent study
Bridges, Ann, How to Pass Higher English, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson, 2009 * for all Higher pupils except Ms Lewis's class
Bridges, Ann, How to Pass Higher English for CFE, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson, 2014 (published end of September) *Ms Lewis's class only
Firth and Ralston, National 5 English: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson, 2013
SQA, SQA Specimen papers, past paper 2014 and model papers for Nat 5, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson, 2014 (not available until October)
SQA, SQA Specimen paper and model papers for new CFE Higher, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson, 2014 (not available until November) *Ms Lewis's class only
SQA, SQA Past Papers for Higher English, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson, 2014 *for all Higher papers except Ms Lewis's class
Swinney, David, How to Pass National 5 English, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson, 2013