English & Literacy

Hello. English at Beaconhurst aims to challenge and inspire pupils by the material and methods we use.

English lessons teach the skills of reading, writing, talking and listening. We teach these skills through an exciting range of texts and approaches, developing independent thinking, and enthusiasm, about the written and spoken word.

The English classrooms are equipped with projectors and visualisers which enable flexible use of a wide range of texts and different media. As well as an ever-growing departmental stock of books, we link directly with the library.

From Transition to S2, pupils study a range of prose fiction, drama, poetry, non-fiction, media and moving image to give them a broad foundation for national qualifications later. S3 and S4 are devoted to National 4 and 5. During S5 many pupils follow the Higher course and some go on to Advanced Higher in S6.

The department runs theatre trips to support texts which are being taught, whenever possible. The examination subjects are supported by clinics to offer one-to-one support for pupils. The Debating Society takes place every week, developing skills in school and also entering national competitions.

English develops literacy skills which are fundamental to all aspects of learning, in and beyond school. Good reading, writing, talking and listening skills are a basis for all types of study. This explains why the Higher English qualification is often a requirement for applications to further education institutions.

There are always opportunities for a pupil’s individual passions and enthusiasms in the English department! Whether it is creative writing, reading for pleasure or public speaking, there will always be a member of staff willing to help a pupil develop those skills.

English Syllabus

 

Staff

Ms Sandra Bannerman MA, PGCE

Mrs Jacqui Beveridge BA, Dip Ed

Mrs Helen Cameron BA, MA, PGCE

Mrs Rachel Vevers MA, PGCE

 

Transition to S2 Courses:

The course continues from the English taught in the Junior School. Pupils develop the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing through the study of a variety of language topics and texts, including poetry and plays as well as novels.

  • Transition: study of class texts; writing in a range of genres leading to the production of their own magazine; the production of a story book suitable for nursery children.
  • S1: study of class texts and non-fiction texts; writing for the radio leading to the production of their own programme.
  • S2: study of fiction and non-fiction texts; writing for newspapers leading to the production of their own paper; expressing opinions both orally and on paper; preparation for National 4.

At each stage there will be constant reinforcement of the technical skills already covered plus introduction to more sophisticated spelling rules and punctuation methods.

Personal reading is encouraged through reading lists, library periods and a programme of written and oral activities as well as regular use of young people’s newspapers.

Attainment is tracked through key assessments in Transition to S2. However, in S2 pupils also sit an exam so that they become familiar with what is expected of them at National 4 and 5 level.

 

S3-S6 Courses:

S3 follow the National 4 course and prepare for National 5 in S4.

 

NATIONAL 4 and 5 ENGLISH

Both courses aim to develop skills in listening, talking, reading and writing, and to develop the ability to communicate thoughts and feelings and respond to those of other people

Pupils will learn to recognise, analyse and use language for a range of purposes.

They will encounter a wide range of different texts in different media and learn to communicate, be critical thinkers, develop cultural awareness and an appreciation of Scotland’s literary and linguistic heritage, and be creative.

National 4 Internally Assessed Units

  • Analysis and Evaluation 
  • Creation and Production 
  • Literacy
  • Added Value 

National 5 Internally Assessed Units

  • Analysis and Evaluation 
  • Creation and Production 

National 5 Course Assessment

  • Question paper: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation – 30 marks 
  • Question paper: ‘Scottish Texts’ and ‘Critical Essay’ – 40 marks
  • Portfolio: 2 essays to be submitted to SQA – 30 marks

 

HIGHER ENGLISH

The course builds on the skills developed in National 4 and 5. Assessed units follow a parallel structure to assessments at National 5. Texts studied vary according to their interests and abilities but may include poetry, prose or drama. In addition they will study a Scottish novel, play or selection of poems from the SQA’s list of set texts.

Internally Assessed Units

  • Analysis and Evaluation 
  • Creation and Production 

Course Assessment 

  • Question paper: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation – 30 marks 
  • Question paper: ‘Scottish Texts’ and ‘Critical Essay’ – 40 marks
  • Portfolio: 2 essays to be submitted to SQA – 30 marks

 

ADVANCED HIGHER ENGLISH

A few pupils opt to develop their skills by taking the Advanced Higher course. They extend and refine their skills of analysis and evaluation through the study of complex and sophisticated literary texts from the genres of drama, poetry and prose (fiction and non-fiction). They will also develop independent learning skills by selecting materials for research into an aspect or aspects of literature, formulating relevant tasks and researching primary and secondary sources.

Internally Assessed Units

  • Analysis and Evaluation 
  • Creation and Production 

Course Assessment

Component 1 — Question paper: Literary Study — 20 marks 

Component 2 — Question paper: Textual Analysis — 20 marks 

Component 3 — Portfolio–writing — 30 marks 

Component 4 — Project–dissertation — 30 marks

 

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Theatre trips
  • Debating Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Public Speaking

Our prospectus is available to view online.

Beaconhurst Grange Ltd,
52 Kenilworth Road,
Stirling FK9 4RR

Telephone: +44 (0)1786 832146