English and Literacy
Mr A Thomson - Curriculum Leader
Mr J Caldicott
Mrs L Condron
Mrs L Evans
Ms N McGhee
Ms K McGrory
Mr R Parker
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 assessments and exams.
SQA Past Papers: https://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/findpastpaper.htm
SQA Understanding Standards: https://www.understandingstandards.org.uk/
Useful texts for independent Study
Bridges, Ann, How to Pass Higher English for CFE, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson
Firth and Ralston, National 5 English: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson
Swinney, David, How to Pass National 5 English, Glasgow: Hodder Gibson, 2013