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Courses: S1/2, S3, S4, S5/6

S1/2:

English
As English is a core subject there will be 4 periods a week in S1 and 5 periods in S2.
The junior phase for pupils involves receiving a broad general education until the end of S3.  S1 and S2 pupils are engaged in working through a Curriculum for Excellence at or towards level 3. Some pupils will be able, and will be encourage and supported, to achieve at level 4. To aid development of skills, as far as possible classes will remain with their class teacher in S2.


Class work
In class, pupils are encouraged to work on improving their skills in reading, writing, talking and listening as well as in home-studying and are assessed at appropriate points in the session arising naturally from the teaching and learning process.
In S1 and S2, pupils are in mixed ability classes and a variety of flexible teaching methods ensure that the differing needs of pupils are met.  Staff make use of formative assessment and active learning strategies to support and develop the accrual of skills.  Pupils are encouraged to achieve their personal best, to work independently and to develop study skills as well as to reflect on their strengths and to set personal targets to meet their development needs.
At Strathaven Academy our aim is that by the end of S2 pupils should have:

- Experienced each Level 3 Experience and Outcome at least once

READING/KAL

  • Read and studied at least one novel, one play, one film/media text and a selection of poetry

  • Knowledge and understanding of the key elements of prose: plot, character, setting, style, genre, theme

  • Knowledge and understanding of the key elements of drama: structure, staging, plot and conflict, characters and relationships, dialogue, theme

  • Knowledge and understanding of the key elements of poetry: subject matter, forms, comparisons, sounds, rhyme and rhythm, theme

  • Read a wide variety of personal reading texts including journalism

  • Knowledge and practice in key close reading skills – awareness of purpose and audience and ability to show understanding, analysis and evaluation skills; ability to understand key command words – identify, explain, summarise, analyse, evaluate; ability to employ ‘formula’ answers

  • Understanding of principles of spelling, grammar and punctuation – when and how to paragraph and sentence; use of noun, adjective, verb, adverb, pronoun, conjunction; function of common punctuation marks; strategies for improving spelling

  • An appreciation of Scots as a language in its own right and part of their heritage

WRITING

  • Learned the basics of critical essay writing and practised improving these skills – planning relevant ideas in response to a given question/task, expressing relevant points, selecting appropriate evidence, analysing and evaluating evidence

  • Knowledge and experience of the techniques involved in writing imaginatively

  • Knowledge and experience of the techniques involved in writing reflectively

  • Knowledge and experience of the techniques involved in writing discursively/functionally

TALKING AND LISTENING

  • Knowledge, understanding and practice in key solo presentation and group discussion skills – content, structure, delivery, audience awareness

  • Knowledge, understanding and practice of core listening skills – identifying purpose, audience, key ideas, language techniques

  • An ability to work collaboratively to produce work/problem solve

 

Assessment
Assessments are carried out in class as far as possible and pupils are encouraged to produce work which represents their best effort and shows off what has been learned.
The class teacher, the pupil and class peers are all involved in the assessment process and pupils are encouraged to correct/improve work and to set a target based on feedback. Pupils are encouraged to revisit and act upon targets when they return to, and build upon, the same skills/type of assessment. The assessment profile becomes a record of pupil progress through the Broad General Education.
At various points in the session the assessment folder will be sent home for parents to see and discuss the tasks undertaken, the targets set and the progress being made.

Homework
Class work is augmented by regular homework tasks.  The good habits that homework develops are highly regarded and to achieve the most from these exercises pupils should complete the exercises on time and to the best of their ability.  Pupils are given an appropriate amount of time to complete each exercise. 
Homework tasks are usually linked to personal reading or current course work but should also help your child to develop good study habits.
Pupils are expected to use their planners to note down the homework exercise and the date the exercise is due.  There is space for parents/carers to check and sign homework and to communicate with the class teacher should any issues arise.
In addition to regular homework exercises, pupils are expected to be reading every day.  Numerous educational studies point to the link between a regular reading habit and educational improvement.  Pupils are given time to read in class every period and for 2 registration periods a week and are therefore expected to bring a book with them every day.  Pupils are encouraged to borrow books from the school and class libraries or to bring books from home or the local library. 

The Reading Challenge
All S1 and S2 pupils are issued with a Reading Challenge booklet which they are expected to fill across the session. Pupils set themselves a target of between 15 and 30 texts for the session and in the booklet they are encourage to log their progress and demonstrate their thinking about what they are reading. The Reading Challenge is a key component of the Strathaven Academy Literacy Strategy.
Some tasks will be set by staff around the school and pupils can keep it up to date and try out any tasks over and above the ones set in their own time.

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S3:

AIMS OF THE COURSE 
The English Course will provide learners with a range of opportunities to extend their understanding of, and ability to analyse and evaluate, English Language and Literature and to develop their ability to express themselves effectively in written and oral communications, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context.
During the course of the year pupils will be offered the opportunity to:

  • listen and talk, read and write in a wide variety of interesting and challenging contexts

  • understand, analyse and evaluate a variety of literary and media texts

  • create and produce texts and oral communications in a variety of forms

  • plan and research a number of topics, presenting findings both orally and in writing

COURSE DETAILS 
Pupils will build on the wide variety of knowledge and experience acquired during the S1 and S2 Curriculum for Excellence Course in English.
During the S3 Course pupils will:

  •  study and analyse a  wide variety of literary fiction, including novels and short stories, drama, poetry and media.

  • read for understanding, enjoyment and the appreciation of style and writer’s craft

  • discuss,  read closely and answer questions to demonstrate the ability to understand, analyse and evaluate fiction and  non-fiction passages on topics of current interest

  • write at length and in a variety of forms including personal writing, imaginative writing, discursive writing and functional writing

  • respond to literature in a variety of forms, including Critical Essays

  • present individual talks and participate in group discussions

  • read a personally chosen selection of fiction and non-fiction

  •  research a number of literary and topical subjects and present findings  both orally and in writing

This will allow pupils, where required, to complete the experiences and outcomes of Level 3 of Curriculum for Excellence.
Pupils will also begin developing and/or consolidating their skills at Level 4.
Later in S3, pupils will be introduced to National 4 and National 5 level work, where appropriate, to place pupils in the correct course for them in S4.


DEVELOPMENT OF SKILLS
Pupils will develop their English language skills by engaging with a wide range of texts and developing an appreciation of the richness and breadth of our literary and linguistic heritage. They will be encouraged to develop their skills in Understanding and Analysis by studying and commenting on a wide variety of Prose (both fiction and non-fiction), Poetry and Drama.
Pupils will be encouraged to develop a variety of communication skills including group discussion of literature and issues of current interest and individual presentations on appropriately challenging topics, using ICT where appropriate.
Pupils will also be encouraged to develop their Thinking Skills and their awareness of the impact of Numeracy and Health and Well-being issues on the development of their English and Literacy skills.
Pupils will also be encouraged to build their skills in reading and responding to Media and Scots Language.

PROGRESSION IN S4 AND BEYOND

Pupils will be prepared with the skills and knowledge required to complete National 4 or National 5 in S4 before progressing to National 5 or Higher in S5/6.

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    S4:

    ENGLISH NATIONAL 4

    Aims of the Course
    The National 4 English Course aims to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening and talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language.      
    The course aims to enable learners to develop the ability to:

    • Listen and talk, read and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context

    • Understand, analyse and evaluate texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in the contexts of literature, language and media

    • Create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context

    • Apply knowledge and understanding of language

    • Plan and research, integrating and applying language skills as appropriate to purpose, audience and context

    Course assessment
    To achieve a course award at National 4, pupils will be required to pass four internally assessed Units.

    Unit Assessment

    • English: Analysis and Evaluation

    • Understand, analyse and evaluate straightforward texts

    • Understand, analyse and evaluate straightforward spoken language

    • English: Creation and Production

    • Create and produce straightforward written texts

    • Take part in straightforward spoken interactions

    • Literacy

    • Read and understand straightforward word-based texts

    • Listen to and understand straightforward spoken communication

    • Write straightforward technically accurate texts

    • Talk to communicate, as appropriate to audience and purpose

    • Added Value Unit

    • Apply language skills to investigate a chosen topic

    Progression
    On completion of the course, pupils may progress to the National 5 English Course or the National 5 Literacy Award.

     

    ENGLISH NATIONAL 5

    Aims of the Course
    The National 5 English Course aims to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening and talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language.

    The course aims to enable learners to develop the ability to:

      • Listen and talk, read and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context

      • Understand, analyse and evaluate texts including Scottish texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in the contexts of literature, language and media

      • Create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context

      • Apply knowledge and understanding of language

    Entry Requirements
    Pupils in S4 will be expected to have been working securely at Level 4 during S3
    Pupils in S5/S6 will be expected to have achieved a pass in National 4 English or a D in National 5 English in S4.

    Course assessment
    To achieve a course award, pupils will require to pass the two internally assessed Units and the externally assessed Course Assessment.

    Unit Assessment:

    English: Analysis and Evaluation
    1. Understand, analyse and evaluate detailed written texts
    2. Understand, analyse and evaluate detailed spoken language

    English: Creation and Production
    1. Create and produce detailed written texts
    2. Take part in detailed spoken interactions

    Course Assessment
    Writing Portfolio – 30 marks.
    The folio will comprise one piece of creative writing and one piece of discursive writing.

    Examination – 70 marks
    Section 1: Reading for Understanding, Analysis, and Evaluation – 30 marks.
    Pupils will answer questions on a previously unseen non-fiction text.

    Section 2: Critical Reading – 40 marks.
    Part A: Critical Essay – 20 marks.
    Pupils will answer one question and will provide an extended written response, based on a previously studied text.
    Part B – Scottish Texts – 20 marks.
    Pupils will answer one question on an extract from a previously studied specified Scottish text.

    Progression
    On completion of the course, pupils may progress to the Higher English Course.


    ENGLISH – National 5 Literacy Award AND National 4/5 Scots Language Award
                                                                           
    This combined Literacy and Scots Language course aims to provide learners with the opportunity to further develop the skills of listening and talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language. The National 5 Literacy Award is valued by both colleges and employers.
    Upon successful completion of the course pupils will gain 2 qualifications.

    • National 5 Literacy

    N5 Literacy is an internally assessed course covering reading, writing, talking and listening skills in a variety of forms relevant for learning, life and work.


    Course Assessment
    To achieve an N5 Literacy Award, pupils will require to pass one internally assessed Unit

    The learner will need to pass all four elements:

    • Read and understand detailed word-based texts

    • Listen to and understand detailed spoken communication

    • Write detailed, technically accurate texts

    • Talk to communicate, as appropriate to audience and purpose

    • National 4/5 Scots Language

    The Scots Language Award will provide opportunities for learners to study the history and development of the Scots language. It will also help learners develop their ability to understand, and communicate in, Scots.

    The study of Scots - including its history, development and contemporary use - will develop learners’ ability to communicate, think critically and use their own language creatively. Pupils will also gain a deeper insight into their own history and cultural heritage.

    Course assessment
    To achieve a course award, pupils will require to pass the two internally assessed Units. Pupils will be awarded National 4 or 5 depending on detail and quality of work produced.

    • Scots Language Unit 1: History and Development

    Pupils must show an understanding of the history and development of the Scots language, from its origins to the present day.

    To achieve at N4 level, learners will:

    • Explain factors that have helped to shape the contemporary Scots language

    • Explain the relationship between the contemporary Scots language and other languages

    To achieve at N5 level, learners will:

    • Analyse factors that have helped to shape the contemporary Scots language

    • Analyse features of the contemporary Scots language

    • Scots Language Unit 2: Understanding and Communicating

    Pupils must show their ability to understand, and communicate in, the Scots language. This will involve listening to or reading texts in Scots, and creating and producing written or oral communications in Scots.

    To achieve at N4 level, learners will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of straightforward texts in Scots

    • Create and produce straightforward communication in Scots for a specific purpose and audience

    To achieve at N5 level, learners will:

    • Understand, analyse and evaluate detailed texts in Scots

    • Create and produce detailed communication in Scots for a specific purpose and audience

    Entry Requirements
    Pupils in S5/S6 would normally be expected to have attained a National 4 English Award.

    Progression
    On completion of the course, pupils may progress to National 5 English.

     

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    S5/6:

    ENGLISH HIGHER  NATIONAL 6

    The National 6 English Course aims to provide learners with the opportunity to further develop the skills of listening and talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language.
    The course aims to enable learners to develop the ability to:

    • Listen and talk, read and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context

              • Understand, analyse and evaluate texts including Scottish texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in the contexts of literature, language and media

    • Create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context

    • Apply knowledge and understanding of language

    Entry Requirements
    Pupils in S5/S6 would normally be expected to have attained at least a C in National 5 English in S4 or S5.

    Course assessment

    To achieve a course award, pupils will require to pass the two internally assessed Units and the externally assessed Course Assessment.

     

    Unit Assessment:

    English: Analysis and Evaluation

    • Understand, analyse and evaluate detailed written texts

    • Understand, analyse and evaluate detailed spoken language

    English: Creation and Production

    • Create and produce detailed written texts

    • Take part in detailed spoken interactions

    External Course Assessment

    Writing Portfolio – 30 marks.
    The folio will comprise one piece of creative writing and one piece of discursive writing.

    Examination – 70 marks
    Paper 1: Reading for Understanding, Analysis, and Evaluation – 30 marks.
    Pupils will answer questions on 2 previously unseen non-fiction texts.

    Paper 2: Critical Reading – 40 marks.
    Part A: Critical Essay – 20 marks.
    Pupils will answer one question and will provide an extended written response, based on a previously studied text.
    Part B – Scottish Texts – 20 marks.
    Pupils will answer one question on an extract from a previously studied specified Scottish text.

    Progression
    On completion of the course, pupils may progress to the Advanced Higher English Course.
    ENGLISH        ADVANCED HIGHER     NATIONAL 7

    The Advanced Higher English Course aims to provide learners with the opportunity to develop complex language skills, to develop their ability to interpret complex literature and to produce sophisticated language.
    The course will provide learners with the opportunity to apply critical, analytical and evaluative skills to a wide range of complex and sophisticated texts from different genres. Learners will also develop sophisticated writing skills in a variety of different types of writing.
    The course encourages  a high degree of collaborative and independent learning and the level of academic study is excellent preparation for University level study.

    Entry Requirements
    Pupils would normally be expected to have attained at least a C Pass in Higher English.

    Course assessment
    To achieve a course award, pupils will require to pass the two internally assessed Units and the externally assessed Course Assessment.

    Unit Assessment:
    English: Analysis and Evaluation

    • Critically respond to previously studied texts

    • Carry out independent study into an aspect/aspects of literature

    English: Creation and Production

    • Produce writing pieces that demonstrate a range of skills in using language to create effect

    Course Assessment

    Examination

    • Write a critical response on drama/prose/poetry texts. (20 marks)

    • A textual analysis of an unseen poem or an unseen extract from a drama or prose text (20 marks)

    Writing Portfolio
    The folio will comprise of two pieces of writing and a dissertation
    Dissertation = 30 marks
    Writing portfolio = 30 marks

    Progression
    The Course provides progression to:

      • Degrees in higher education

      • Further academic study in English or related areas

      • Careers in commerce and industry, education, journalism, law, marketing, media and politics

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