English, Literacy & Drama

English, Literacy & Drama Department

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Brief summary and aims:
  • To provide a coherent and stimulating English and Drama curriculum for all pupils
  • To facilitate learning in a supportive environment
  • To create an awareness of individual pupil needs and support these accordingly
  • To communicate effectively with all interested parties including pupils, staff, parents and appropriate external agencies
Courses / subjects delivered at all stages:
S1-3 Broad General Education
A core course is in existence in S1-3 for both English and Drama. All pupils should cover the planned topics within the course of the year.   These courses ensure that all pupils are exposed to the Experiences and Outcomes at each level. An assessment programme is built into each course in order to establish pupil progress. Results of assessments are recorded in the Pupil Assessment Booklet.   These booklets provide a record of teacher and pupil self-evaluations.
National 4, National 5, New Higher and Advanced Higher
Course plans are in place for National 4, National 5 and Higher classes in both English and Drama. Advanced Higher English course plans are also in place. These courses have been carefully planned in accordance with Curriculum for Excellence guidelines and ensure that pupils complete all of the learning outcomes appropriate to the level and activity. Assessment evidence is stored in pupils’ folders and evidence is recorded on the proformas issued to each teacher.
Broad General Education (BGE) topics covered:
  • Term 1 – Personal writing, textual analysis, critical essay, imaginative writing, class novel.
  • Term 2 – Persuasive talk, IDEAL unit, listening assessment, John Muir Award.
  • Term 3 – Drama, media, Reading for Understanding Analysis and Evaluation.
  • Term 1 – Solo talk, critical essay, personal writing, textual analysis, class novel.
  • Term 2 – Imaginative writing, critical essay, Listening assessment, IDEAL unit.
  • Term 3 – Informative writing, Reading for Understanding Analysis and Evaluation, drama/media.
  • Term 1 – personal writing, listening assessment, critical essay, class text 1.
  • Term 2 – Talk assessment, critical essay, informative writing, class text 2.
  • Term 3 – Drama/media, textual analysis, Reading for Understanding Analysis and Evaluation, Deeper Learning Week.
  • Term 1 – Drama Skills; mime, script writing, presenting script.
  • Term 2 – IDEAL unit, production skills.
  • Term 3 – Improvisation.
  • Term 1 – characterisation, planned improvisation, voice.
  • Term 2 – IDEAL unit, text based improvisation.
  • Term 3 – Production skills, creating a play, script writing.
  • Term 1 – Devising from stimuli, folio, live performance.
  • Term 2 – Producing scenes from a variety of genres for presentation to an audience.
  • Term 3 – AVU folio, creating a small scale production.
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