Here are some useful resources which will help you support your child with their English work:

Websites


General Resources
• BBC Shakespeare: http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/
• Channel 4 Homework High– homework help: http://www.channel4learning.com/apps/homeworkhigh/english/index.jsp

BGE
• BBC Bitesize S1-: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbdxvcw
• BBC Bitesize S3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z38myrd

National Qualifications
• SQA ENGLISH: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45672.html
• BBC Bitesize National 4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zx4cwmn
• BBC Bitesize National 5: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zmcrd2p
• BBC Bitesize Higher: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqxhfg8

Literacy
• BBC Skillswise – Games / ideas for improving literacy skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english
• Edufind – English Grammar Guide: http://www.edufind.com/english-grammar/english-grammar-guide/
• The National Literacy Trust: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/plrs_challenges/parents
• The Times Spelling Bee: http://timestutorials.co.uk/spellingbee

Reading
• Barrington Stoke - Books for reluctant readers: http://www.barringtonstoke.co.uk/
• Reading Rockets: http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents
• The Big Read – The Nation’s Favourite Books: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/


Reading Materials


BGE Textbooks
“Text For Scotland: Building Excellence in Language” (Book 1) by Colin Eckford. Heinemann ISBN: 0435225022
“Text For Scotland: Building Excellence in Language” (Book 2) by Colin Eckford. Heinemann ISBN: 0435225030
“Close Reading 11-14: Fiction” by Mary Firth and Andrew Ralston. Hodder Gibson. ISBN: 0340816740
“Close Reading 11-14: Fiction” by Mary Firth and Andrew Ralston. Hodder Gibson. ISBN: 0340889225

National 4 Textbooks
“National 4 & 5 English (SQA National 4 & 5)” by Jane Cooper. Hodder Gibson. ISBN: 1444192124

National 5 Textbooks
“National 5 English: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation” by Mary Firth and Andrew Ralston. Hodder Gibson. ISBN: 1444192086
“National 5 English: Portfolio Writing Skills” by Willie McGuire. Hodder Gibson. ISBN: 1444187295
“National 5 English 2015/16 SQA Past and Hodder Gibson Model Papers” (SQA Past Papers 2015/16) ISBN: 1471860566
“National 5 English Practice Papers for SQA Exams” (Practice Papers for SQA Exams). Leckie and Leckie. ISBN: 000750487X

Higher Textbooks
“Higher English Language Skills for CfE” by Mary Firth and Andrew Ralston. Hodder Gibson. ISBN: 1471837998
“Higher English for CfE: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation” by Colin Eckford. Hodder Gibson ISBN: 1471838064
“Higher English 2015/16 SQA Specimen, Past and Hodder Gibson Model Papers” (SQA Past Papers 2015/16) ISBN: 1471860736
“CfE Higher English Practice Papers for SQA Exams” (Practice Papers for SQA Exams) ISBN: 0007590989


Recommended Personal Reading Texts
We strongly recommend that pupils read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts every night. Here are a few ideas:

 “S1-3 Suggested Reading” booklet
Senior Suggested Reading” list

Journalism


It is also a good idea for pupils to read a range of quality journalism as this is where a great deal of the extracts used in their reading exams will come from.
It will also be useful when pupils come to write persuasive or discursive essays for their folios.

Some suggested sites are:
• The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/
• The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/uk
• The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/
• The Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/
• The Herald: http://www.heraldscotland.com/

Our Staff:

Miss J Lindsay (Head of Faculty)English wall
Mrs K McDonald
Ms L Duncan
Ms P Gaughan
Mrs N Hall (PT Pupil Support Milton House)
Ms L Goldie
Mr S O’Neill (PT Pupil Support Douglas House)
Ms B Sweeney
Miss N Keenan
Mr J Campbell

 

Our Courses:

Information for Parents


S1-S3 Broad General Education

The Course
All first, second and third year pupils will undertake an English and Literacy course that focuses on the key components of Talking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
Reading and Writing are a particular focus and all pupils will be encouraged to read at home and to record this in their Learning Log at school.


Assessment
Formal assessment will take place regularly and work will be assessed using the department’s target setting sheets. Pupils will be encouraged to assess their own and each other’s work throughout the course of the session and this work will be stored in their ‘best work’ jotters.
Year group assessments of literacy and reading skills are currently in development – all pupils should sit these tests. Formal assessments will be stored in each pupil’s folio which will be kept by the class teacher – pupils can, of course, take work home to show their parents but they must be responsible for returning it to the class teacher.


Target Setting
Pupils will have a logbook which they carry forward from S1 through to S3. This should be kept up to date and referred to frequently. Pupil logbooks allows them to track their progress throughout the BGE and set their own targets for improvement.


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The Course
All pupils in S4 will study English at either National 4 or National 5 level.

Assessment
Internal formal assessment will take place regularly and work will be assessed using the SQA criteria.
There are 4 key areas for assessment:
• Reading
• Writing
• Talking
• Listening

Formal assessments will be stored in each pupil’s folio which will be kept by the class teacher.
A list of assessment dates can be found on the school website (link to assessment calendar)
National 5 pupils will participate in a formal assessment week in January where they will sit a prelim examination which reflects the standard and content of the final exam. This will consist of two exam papers: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation and Critical Reading.

Target Setting
Pupils will have a “Tracking My Progress” booklet which should be kept up to date and referred to frequently. This will allow them to track their progress throughout the course and set their own targets for improvement. Pupils will regularly discuss their targets with their teachers and staff will complete ‘Progress Reports’ three times a year to send home to parents.


National 4 and National 5 English (click here to learn more about these courses)


S5- S6


The Course
Pupils who opt to continue with English in S5 or S6 will choose to do so at either National 5 or National 6 (Higher) level. Entry into these courses is dependent upon their result in S4.
The S5/6 English course is fast-paced and demanding and a high degree of self-discipline is expected of our pupils. Pupils entering into a National 5 or Higher course must do so with the expectation that they will have regular homework and deadlines to meet and that they will be required to take responsibility for managing their workload appropriately.

Assessment
Internal formal assessment will take place regularly and work will be assessed using the SQA criteria.
There are 4 key areas for assessment:
• Reading
• Writing
• Talking
• Listening

Formal assessments will be stored in each pupil’s folio which will be kept by the class teacher.
A list of assessment dates can be found on the school website.
All pupils in S5 and S6 will participate in a formal assessment week in January where they will sit a prelim examination which reflects the standard and content of the final exam. This will consist of two exam papers: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation and Critical Reading.

Target Setting
Pupils will have a “Tracking My Progress” booklet which should be kept up to date and referred to frequently. This will allow them to track their progress throughout the course and set their own targets for improvement. Pupils will regularly discuss their targets with their teachers and staff will complete ‘Progress Reports’ three times a year to send home to parents.


National 5 English (click here to learn more about this course)

Higher English (click here to learn more about this course)

Advanced Higher English (click here to learn more about this course)

 

At different times in the year, there are various events and extra curricular activities, including:

• S1/2 Pantomime trip
• BBC News Report
• Kelvingrove Art Exhibition – Creative Writing Project
• Cinema Outings
• Film Club
• Rotary Club Interhouse Public Speaking Competition
• National Poetry Day
• Trip to Auschwitz as part of the LFA projet
• Debates group
• Student newspaper
• Creative Writing competition
• Theatre trips including Blood Brothers, The Crucible, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear
• London trip (in partnership with Drama dept.)
• Personal Development for S5/6 – assisting in department
• Liz Lochhead Creative Writing Workshop

Pupils should contact staff in the English department for more information about events and activities currently running.

Faculty of Language & Communication (English)

Head of Faculty: Miss J Lindsay

Courses offered

  • National 4 English
  • National 5 English
  • Higher English
  • Advanced Higher English
  • Higher Media Studies
  • Higher Psychology

Wider Achievement Courses

  • Journalism

 

Further information

S1-2 English

S3-4 English

S5-6 English

Extra Curricular Activities

Homework units

 


 

Assessment Schedule for Intermediate 1/2 and Higher English

Assessment Schedule 2013-4 

 

Senior Phase

Guides to National 4 and 5

English - National 4 in a nutshell

English - National 5 in a nutshell


 

 

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