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Departmental Staff 

 

Mrs M Toal (Head of Department)

Mrs A Donnelly 

Mrs A Hyndman

Mrs T McCullagh

Mrs M McDonald  

Mrs D McGarrity   

Mrs M Monaghan

Miss G O’Neill

Mrs C Skelton-McKenna 

Mrs M Tracey     

Secretarial and Technical support:  Miss E Quinn.

Information about the English department

The English department is committed to developing the literacy and communication skills of every child and to allowing every child to become the best they can.  To this end the department promotes personalised learning and the development of pupils’ Personal Capabilities and Thinking Skills.  It is the aim of the English department to provide students with the skills necessary for the world of work, to enable them to make balanced moral judgements as well as fostering an awareness of the value of self-discipline and a sense of responsibility to others.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 8, 9 and 10)

 

At Key stage three pupils explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. They are introduced to novels in years 8, 9 and 10 and read a wide range of materials, including poetry, play extracts and short stories, that are both stimulating and enjoyable. Similarly, the pupils are encouraged to write for a variety of audiences and purposes and in a range of different forms. Pupils’ speaking and listening skills are developed through paired, group and whole class discussions. 

 

English is currently responsible for the assessment of Communication at KS3. In year ten pupils complete a portfolio of work demonstrating their skills in the areas of reading and writing. During class time they are also assessed on their speaking and listening skills.

 

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum (Years 11/12)

GCSE English Language

At KS4 all pupils are given the opportunity to complete GCSE Language. The exam board is CCEA. The GCSE course offers pupils the opportunity to read literary heritage texts, non-fiction texts and to embrace a spoken language study. Pupils also develop their writing skills by writing in different forms, for different audiences and purposes. Pupils who successfully complete the 2-year course develop a range of skills in both reading and writing that are necessary for the world of work.

 

 

Unit No.

Content

Assessment

1

Writing for Purpose and Audience and

Reading to Access Non-Fiction and

Media Texts

External exam (30%)

2

Speaking and Listening Controlled assessment

Teachers assess the tasks and CCEA moderate the outcomes. (20%)

3

Studying Spoken and Written Language Controlled assessment

 

Teachers assess the tasks and CCEA moderate the outcomes. (20%)

4

Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts

External exam (30%)

 

 

GCSE English Literature

 

GCSE English Literature is offered to one additional class. The GCSE English Literature course is a two year course which encourages the reading of a wide range of Literature including writers such as: John Steinbeck, William Shakespeare and Willy Russell. This is an exciting course that offers the opportunity to develop a pupil’s interest in the love of Literature. The exam board is CCEA.

 

 

Unit No.

Content

Assessment

1

The Study of Prose

External examination (30%)

2

The Study of Drama and Poetry

External examination (50%)

3

The Study of Shakespeare

Controlled assessment (20%)


Key Stage 5 Curriculum (Years 13/14)

 

A Level English Literature

 

The department currently follows the OCR specification for A Level English Literature. The course encourages pupils to engage with a wide range of literature including the work of authors such as Shakespeare, McGahern, Synge, Friel, Ibsen and many other popular literary figures.

 

Component No.

Content

Assessment

1

Drama and poetry pre-1900

External examination (40%)

2

Comparative and contextual study

External examination (40%)

3

Literature post- 1900

Controlled assessment (20%)

 

 

Useful Websites for Revision

 

 

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english/

www.englishbiz.co.uk

www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/english

 

www.holytrinity.wholeschoolvle.com (The College’s VLE where revision materials are available.)

Short Description

The English department is committed to developing the literacy and communication skills of every child.

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