English Broad General Education Curriculum
English is a skills-based subject looking at communication in all its various forms. The aim of the subject is to enable learners to develop the skills of communicating and understanding. Learners study and use Reading, Writing, Listening and Talking skills. Areas of study: literature, language, technical skills, media, language for life, drama, talking and listening. Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening skills are required in all walks of life. Understanding all forms of communication, and being able to express opinions are considered the skills for learning, life and work.
S1 to S3
S1 and S2 classes in the English Department are mixed ability. In S3 a review is undertaken and if thought necessary some setting will be put in place.

Throughout S1 and S2 pupils will begin to develop the skills assessed in SQA examinations.

The curriculum follows the Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes. Assessments for achievement of a level is made holistically from a portfolio of work produced throughout the course of the year.

During S1 and S2 pupils will work, and be assessed, on the 4 strands of the CfE – Reading: Writing; Talking and Listening.

Pupils will study a wide range of texts over the course of the two years. These will typically include Novels and Short Stories; Non Fiction including newspaper articles and longer texts, Poetry and Playscripts. These will be drawn from contemporary, Post and Pre 19th Century sources. Pupils will have 1 period a week for private reading.
Pupils will develop through these texts key skills such as research, summarising, inference, analysis and evaluating. They will learn how to annotate a text; write a critical response and how to answer textual analysis questions.
Pupils will engage a wide variety of writing tasks. Over the course of the two years they will produce both creative and transactional (non-fiction) pieces of work. They will develop an understanding of how writers use techniques to create meaning and use this knowledge in their own writing. Spelling, grammar and punctuation is secured.
Pupils will engage in various talking activities. They will have opportunities to work in groups; undertake solo and group presentations. They will gain knowledge and understanding of how to use language to suit purpose and audience. Listening: Pupils will develop their listening skills through group work and hearing different audio texts for a variety of purposes and audiences.
In S3 pupils will continue to consolidate and secure these skills as well as beginning exam preparation.
This will include work on sample exam papers and the Added Value Unit for National 4 level.
There are 3 units:
  • Understanding Language
  • Producing Language
  • Literacy
Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening
There are 4 units:
  • Analysis and Evaluation
  • Creation and Production
  • Literacy
  • English: Assignment
Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening
There are 2 units:
  • Skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work
Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening
This assessment has 4 components:
Component 1: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation, 30 marks, 1 hour.
Component 2: Critical Reading, 40 marks, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Component 3: Portfolio-writing, 30 marks
Component 4: Performance – spoken language, achieved/not achieved.
  • Linear progression - National 5 leads to Higher English. Also provides preparation for future learning in other subjects, employment, vocational training and life beyond the classroom.
  • Skills progression - Listen, talk, read, and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context. Understand, analyse and evaluate texts in literature, language and media. Create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context. Apply knowledge and understanding of language. These skills are at the heart of curriculum of every subject, but are essential in Media, Social Subjects and RMPS. These skills are useful in careers such as Teaching, Law, and Journalism.
Learners reflect on ideas, relationships, feelings, points of view and motivations, and on how language has been used to convey these. Learners also engage in producing language to clarify and convey these on a personal level.

Learners participate in Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening activities, either individually, in pairs, groups or as part of the whole class. They are expected to be able to organise themselves, work independently and meet deadlines as part of the course.

Candidates must achieve a pass in both units.
Unit: Analysis and Evaluation – reading and listening
Unit: Creation and Production – writing and talking

Paper 1: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation. (30% of the total marks)
Paper 2: Section 1: Textual Analysis on set text (20% of total marks)
Paper 2: Section 2: Critical Essays (20% of the total marks)

Writing Folio: This consists of TWO essays (15+15% of the total marks)
One essay should be Creative (Poetry, Prose Fiction, Drama, Personal/ Reflective)
One essay should be Discursive (Argumentative, Persuasive, Report)
Classes are tutorials, with the focus on discussion of the texts. Assessments for the Literary Unit are in the form of Critical Essays. Work for the Dissertation and Creative Writing Folio is mainly done at home.

There are TWO Mandatory Units:

  • Creation and Production – folio: two pieces of two different formats (roughly) 1000 words each)
  • Analysis and Evaluation – reading two connected texts; textual analysis of poetry drama or prose

Folio from Creation and Production Unit (30% of total marks)
Dissertation (30% of the total marks)
Literary Study: ONE Critical Essay from Analysis and Evaluation unit (20% of the total marks)
Textual Analysis – critical evaluation of unseen text of poetry, drama or prose (20% of the total marks)