S1-3 English
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English  S1 – 3 Broad General Education
 
The English Department at St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School provides a broad, varied and stimulating teaching and learning experience for pupils in S1-S3. One of the key principles of Curriculum for Excellence is that all children should receive a rounded education, known as a broad general education (BGE) through to the end of S3, before moving on to a senior phase in S4 to S6. This BGE supports students to develop a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences that develop their skills for work and life. 
 
Experiences and Outcomes
 
The English curriculum in the broad general education is defined by Experiences and Outcomes often called Es&Os.
Students will progress through the broad general education at different rates. All children will have opportunities to experience all the Es&Os in English and Literacy up to and including the third curriculum level, as appropriate to their individual learning needs. Most learners will progress into the fourth curriculum level in many aspects of their learning before the end of S3. The new National Qualifications have been designed to build on the Es&Os. This allows young people to aim for the most appropriate levels of qualifications as they move into S4.
A key part the English curriculum is the development of the knowledge, skills, attributes and capabilities set out in the Es&Os in the following areas:
 
  • Listening and Talking 
  • Reading 
  • Writing 
 
Within these organisers, Enjoyment and choice highlights the importance of providing opportunities for young people to make increasingly sophisticated choices. The tools sections include important skills and knowledge: for example, in reading it includes such important matters as reading strategies, spelling and grammar. The sections on finding and using information include, in reading, critical literacy skills; while the understanding, analysing and evaluating statements encourage progression in understanding of texts, developing not only literal understanding but also the higher order skills. Finally, the creating texts experiences and outcomes describe the kind of opportunities which will help children and young people to develop their ability to communicate effectively, for example, by writing clear, well-structured essays for a variety of purposes.
 
Inter-disciplinary Learning

Learning in English will often link to other curriculum areas. For example an Es&Os literacy project planned around science and technology, might include outdoor learning experiences, research and the use of ICT. There is likely to be more themed and project learning, as well as wider opportunities to show how skills and knowledge can be used in challenging, different and interesting ways. For example, when S2 pupils study a text such as Private Peaceful this has clear links to their studies in History relating to WW1. Anne Frank is a 3rd year text which relates to the Jewish Holocaust and builds on pupils’ work in RMCE and History. We always aim to encourage our pupils’ understanding of the curriculum as a whole through their work in English.
 
Assessment
The Department uses a range of methods to track and monitor the progress of our young people and assess their skills and knowledge. Assessment is for Learning strategies continue to be employed, as they have in primary school and routinely include observation, self and peer-assessment activities, oral and written feedback on pupil performance. We also have end of year exams in S2 and S3. This information is shared with parents in reports, at parents’ evenings and through the routine tracking procedures of the school.

Texts
Our students have access to a wide variety of poetry, prose (both fiction and non-fiction), drama and media texts which are studied as whole-class texts within the department. They are encouraged to read widely for enjoyment and be able to appreciate the features associated with different genres.  In S1 and S2 pupils will have regular fortnightly access to the school library during English class time as they follow a Library Reading Programme which encourages and rewards private reading.


 



English Resources  

In addition to these resources, your class teacher may be able to direct you to specific materials related to the texts you are studying in class.
 
 
Broad General Education (S1-S3)
 
Knowledge of Language reminders

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/knowledgeoflanguage/english/index.asp
 
Reading suggestions/book reviews for teenagers

http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/book-lists/teens
 
https://literacyadviser.wordpress.com/books-10-14/fiction-10-14/
 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksforchildrenandteenagers