English

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Head of Department:

Mrs S. Campbell-Hanna

Teaching Staff:

Mrs J. Duggan

Teaching Staff:

Mrs J. Walker

Teaching Staff:

Dr. R. Bresland

Teaching Staff:

Mrs R. Dunn

Aim of department: We, the English department in Strabane Academy, hope to instil, nurture and develop a wide variety of communication skills in our pupils. Communication skills are a vital tool that all our young people should be equipped with in today’s society, now more so than ever. With the increasing presence of the media, the ever-present political dialogue, the advent of ‘fake news’ and the encroachment of social media on the lives of today’s children, it is essential that we teach our pupils skills of analysis, interpretation, inference and empathy for people whose lives, represented through fiction and non-fiction, are very different from our own. These are the goals we will help our pupils pursue throughout their studies in English at Strabane Academy.
Timetable allocation: Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Key Stage 5
6-8 periods per week 6-7 periods per week 8 periods per week

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Key Themes

Year 8 Term 1 Fiction – The novel

E.g. War Horse and The Butterfly Lion

Term 2 Poetry – Focus on School
Term 3 Non-fiction – Advertising – Products
Year 9 Term 1 Fiction – The novel

E.g. Private Peaceful

Term 2 Poetry – Focus on The Natural World
Term 3 Non-fiction – Advertising-Movie Poster and trailer
Year 10 Term 1 Fiction – The novel

E.g. Noughts and Crosses

Term 2 Poetry – Focus on Heaney and childhood
Term 3 Non-fiction – Advertising – Leaflets

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Year 11 Exam Board CCEA
Overview Every pupil in Strabane Academy will study GCSE English Language (CCEA). This is an essential qualification required by the vast majority of employers and third level educational institutions. This course will be studied over a two-year period and pupils are encouraged to explore and respond, both imaginatively and critically, to a variety of texts. Students use reading to improve their writing skills. They also enhance their understanding of how language variations relate to identity and cultural diversity. Transferable skills such as selecting and adapting speech and writing to suit different situations and audiences will also be developed.

From 2017, pupils have the opportunity to achieve a recognition of achievement in Functional English.

The specification provides a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education or employment. This qualification can lead to careers in the media, advertising or marketing and, with further study, teaching or law.

Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit 1: Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts External examination 30% January and Summer
Unit 2: Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessment 20% January and Summer
Unit 3: Studying Written Language Controlled Assessment 10% January and Summer
Year 12 Exam Board CCEA
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit 3: Studying Spoken Language Controlled Assessment 10%
Unit 4: Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts. External examination 30% Spring and summer

Extra-Curricular:

•             All Year 8 pupils participate in the Accelerated Reader Programme in which they read specially selected books, take online quizzes and are rewarded for their participation and successes.

•             We participate each year in the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children’s ‘Read On’ where Year 8 pupils hold a reading week.

•             Every year pupils have the opportunity to take part in the school production; our most recent showstopper being “Cinderella”.

•             World Book Day takes place annually and its main aim is to encourage young people to explore the enjoyment of reading. It is celebrated throughout the school with polls, quizzes, guest speakers and more!

•             Pupils can order books throughout the year from the Scholastic bookshop.

•             KS5 pupils visit the Seamus Heaney Home Place and attend lectures at Queen’s University.

•             Theatre trips are frequently organised and have included recently pupils attending performances of Macbeth and An Inspector Calls.

Careers Links:

English Language and Literature are subjects that helps to develop many important skills and attributes.   The close reading skills required help to develop both powers of analysis and independence of thought.  As well as the more obvious professions of teaching and journalism, there are many others for which the study of English is an excellent preparation.  Recently qualified students have gone to university to study a variety of subjects including: English Literature, Teaching, Fashion and Communication, SEN and Early Childhood Education, Computer Science, International Politics and Conflict Studies, Social Work, Biology, History, Health Studies, Drama, Criminology, Psychology, Law, Linguistics, Sociology and Speech and Language.

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Aim of department: Pupils in Pathway 1 will study GCSE English Literature (CCEA). This course encourages pupils to be enthusiastic, independent, imaginative, critical and analytical readers. Through interactive and specifically developed resources we aim to increase their enjoyment of reading, helping to nurture a lifelong love of literature. The course deepens pupils’ knowledge and understanding of a range of poetry, prose and drama, including texts by local and modern writers. Pupils explore the impact of language, structure and form in the texts. Connecting the texts’ ideas, themes and issues is another key focus. Pupils also learn how to explain settings, characters and themes creatively through social, cultural and historical contexts. They develop their ability to research, plan and prepare their responses using their own ideas and interests, as well as critical reading.
Timetable allocation: Key Stage 4 Key Stage 5
7 periods per week 8 periods per week

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Year 11 Exam Board CCEA
Overview Pupils following the Dennett Pathway will have an opportunity to study GCSE English literature. This course will be studied over a two-year period and pupils will be encouraged to: become critical readers of prose, drama and poetry; develop the ability to analyse the impact of language, structure and form in a range of texts; connect ideas, themes and issues in a range of texts; explore contexts and experience different times, cultures, viewpoints and situations in texts; and read for enjoyment and nurture a lifelong love of literature.
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit 1:

The Study of Prose

External written

examination

30% Summer
Year 12 Exam Board CCEA
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit 2:

The Study of Drama

and Poetry

External written

examination

 

50%

 

Summer
Unit 3:

The Study of

Shakespeare

Unit 3: Controlled assessment 20% Summer

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Year 13 Exam Board CCEA
Overview Pupils will: study a wide range of interesting texts include modern, female, local authors and poets; study the Shakespearean genre: tragedy, comedy, problem or last plays; and complete an in-depth comparative study of two novels as coursework. Pupils will explore a wide range of literary texts written by Irish writers as well as literature from around the world. Pupils read texts from the canon alongside those of more modern writers. They learn about different critical approaches and how texts can reflect cultural meanings. Through engaging with a wide and challenging range of texts, pupils develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature. They also develop the skills of critical thinking, research and analysis, all of which are valued in further education as well as in the workplace.
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
AS 1: The Study of

Poetry 1900–Present

and Drama

1900–Present

External written examination

 

60% of AS

24% of A level

Summer
AS 2: The Study of

Prose Pre 1900

External written examination

 

40% of AS

16% of

A level

Summer
Year 14 Exam Board CCEA    
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
A2 1:

Shakespearean

Genres

External written examination

 

20% of A level Summer
A2 2: The Study of

Poetry Pre 1900 and

Unseen Poetry

External written examination

 

20% of A level

 

Summer
A2 3: Internal

Assessment

 

Internal assessment

Students complete a 2500-word essay.

 

20% of A level Summer

Careers Links:

English Language and Literature are subjects that helps to develop many important skills and attributes.   The close reading skills required help to develop both powers of analysis and independence of thought.  As well as the more obvious professions of teaching and journalism, there are many others for which the study of English is an excellent preparation.  Recently qualified students have gone to university to study a variety of subjects including: English Literature, Teaching, Fashion and Communication, SEN and Early Childhood Education, Computer Science, International Politics and Conflict Studies, Social Work, Biology, History, Health Studies, Drama, Criminology, Psychology, Law, Linguistics, Sociology and Speech and Language.