English and Literacy

Kirkcaldy High School

Welcome to English and Literacy at KHS

The English department strives to engage students in the study of a range of fiction, non-fiction, digital and media texts as they develop the necessary skills for succeeding in life in and beyond school.

The study of English and literacy involves a natural connection with language, communication, and examining the relationship between literature, culture and history. In the process of becoming confident readers, writers, listeners and talkers, our students are also guided towards developing life-skills such as problem solving, responding to complex ideas, critical thinking and empathy.

Some of the skills students will develop are:

  • Showing an understanding of the main purpose and intended audience of a text they watch, read or listen to, including identifying and paraphrasing key ideas
  • Making and organising notes to develop thinking, retain and recall information
  • Using suitable vocabulary to communicate effectively with their intended audience through talking or writing activities
  • Giving detailed, evaluative comments on the content and form of short and extended texts, and justifying own opinions with evidence
  • Developing an awareness of bias and persuasion, with an ability to assess the reliability of information and credibility of different sources
  • Enjoy creating a variety of texts of their own
  • Developing accuracy in technical writing skills and growing specialist vocabulary

The department also leads activities for a range of different calendar events throughout the year for students and the wider community. Please follow us on Twitter for the latest information.

Programme information and resources:


National 4

National 4 Media

National 5


Advanced Higher

Study Skills

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