English

Staff

O. McGarrigle (Head of Department)

L. Fleming (Head of Key Stage 3 English)

A. Cuddy

N. Stewart

G. Waterson (Librarian)

KS3

At Key Stage 3 the English programme is organised in a series of units based on literary and other topics.  All three genres of poetry, prose and drama are covered in the scheme of work for each year group.  The English Department prides itself on its cohesive approach to teaching.  The teaching of English is based on three key principles:

  1. English is heuristic; it has to do with discovery;

  2. English is recursive; the development is often charted not by the acquisition of new skills but by a more sophisticated ability to handle familiar ones;

  3. English is holistic; the four modes of language (speaking, listening, reading and writing) are inextricably woven.

Year 8

New Beginnings

Kensuke’s Kingdom

The Landlady

Book Binge

Introduction to Poetry

Writing to Describe

Shakespearean Snippets

Year 9

Teacher’s Choice Novel: Fatboy Swim/Stormbreaker/Warhorse, Private Peaceful or The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Poetry

Short Story: Lambs to the Slaughter/The Darkness Out There

Persuasive Writing

Travel Writing

Year 10

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Creative Writing

The Media

War Poetry

21st Century short stories

Introduction to Shakespeare ‘Macbeth’

GCSE

CCEA English Language comprises of two externally and two internally assessed units.  It allows students the opportunity to explore texts, words and images and learn how to express opinions, form higher independent views and challenge ideas.  It will provide a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education or employment.

Content

Assessment

Weightings

Unit 1

Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts

External written examination

1 hour 45 minutes

30%

Unit 2

Speaking and Listening

Controlled Assessment

20%

Unit 3

Studying Spoken and Written Language

Controlled Assessment

20%

Unit 4

External written examination

1 hour 45 minutes

30%

Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts

CCEA English Literature comprises of two externally assessed and one internally assessed unit.  Students are afforded the opportunity to explore a range of texts and genres, to develop as discerning and critical readers.

Content

Assessment

Weightings

Unit 1

The Study of Prose

External written examination

1 hour 45 minutes

30%

Unit 2

The Study of Drama and Poetry

External written examination

2 hours

50%

Unit 3

The Study of Shakespeare

Controlled Assessment

2 hours

20%

A Level

CCEA English Literature

Content

Assessment

Weightings

AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900-Present and Drama 1900-Present

External written examination

 

2 Hours

60% AS

24 % of A Level

AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900

External written examination

 

1 hour

40% AS

16 % of A Level

A2 1:

Shakespearean Genres

External written examination

 

1 hours 30 minutes

20 % of A Level

A2 2:

The Study of Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry

External written examination

 

2 Hours

20 % of A Level

A2 3:

Internal Assessment

Internal assessment

 

Students complete a 2500 word essay

20%

Extra-Curricular

 

The English Department makes a significant contribution to many areas of school life, particularly to the school’s extra-curricular programme.  English teachers help to prepare students for a variety of competitions, including ‘Young Writer’s’ Poetry and Creative Writing competitions, Poetry recitals, participation in the local Feis and Public Speaking and Debate, to name a few!

 

The English Department regularly organise theatre visits, affording students the opportunity to see a production of their chosen texts from the CCEA syllabus.  The Department is also responsible for the school production.  In recent years, combining with the Music Department to produce ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Our House’, 'My Fair Lady' and 'Our House'.

 

The Department recognises the importance of extra-curricular activities and strive to ensure that students have every opportunity to participate!

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Omagh,
BT78 1HF

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