Senior Phase English - Thurso High School English Department

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SENIOR PHASE ENGLISH
Thurso High School
THURSO HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH
DEPARTMENT
• S Guthrie- Teacher of Advanced Higher, 55EN1 CFE Higher English and 4EN1
N5 English
• S Richardson-Teacher of 6EN Higher English and 4EN2 N5 English
• J Adams –Teacher of 55EN2 CFE Higher/N5 English and Advanced Higher
• H Perrie –Teacher of 51EN2 CFE Higher/N5 English and 4EN6 N4 English
• K Aitken-Teacher of 55EN3 N5 English and 4EN4 N5/4 English
• A Wallace-Teacher of Advanced Higher and 4EN1 N5 English
• K Mackay (Depute Rector) Teacher of 4EN5 N4 English
SENIOR PHASE COURSES
National 4
National 5
CFE Higher
Advanced Higher
COURSE CONTENT AND
STRUCTURE
• National 4,5 and CFE Higher English all include the following
key units:
• Creation and Production
• Writing and Talking
• Analysis and Evaluation
• Reading and Listening
CREATION AND PRODUCTION
WRITING AND TALKING
• N4/N5/HIGHER
• Candidates will be required to show a secure level of
literacy by writing a discursive style piece of writing.
• Candidates will also be required to take part in an assessed
talk activity.
ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
• N4/N5/HIGHER
• Candidates will take part in a reading activity which will
assess their skill in analysing and evaluating an unseen
pieces of prose, literature or poetry.
• Candidates will take part in a listening assessment activity in
which they will have to listen and watch a documentary,
trailer or clip to assess the language and content of the
media.
COURSE ASSESSMENTS
• Pupils must pass all of the course assessments in order to achieve a
pass or sit the final exam.
• National 4- In addition to the assessments National 4 pupils must also
complete a secure Added Value Unit.
• National 5-In addition to the course assessments pupils must also
complete a writing folio to sent to the SQA
• CFE Higher English-In addition to the course assessments pupils must
also complete a writing folio to be sent to the SQA.
WRITING FOLIO
• National 5 and Higher pupils complete a writing folio.
• The folio must include:
• One Creative/Personal piece of writing
• One broadly discursive piece of writing
• 30% of Final Grade
WRITING FOLIO ADVICE
• Your class teacher will mark your folio pieces and offer you
advice and feedback.
• Your teacher will mark your piece closely twice
• It is then up to the pupil to continue to re-draft and improve
their writing folio to ensure that it is the best example of their
work.
WRITING FOLIO
• Pupils should be completing and perfecting
their writing folio at the moment.
• It is the single most important piece of English
course work.
• It should be a true reflection of their skills as a
writer.
• Their final drafts should be complete by
Christmas.
N5/HIGHER FINAL EXAMINATION
• Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation
• This section of the exam is similar to the Close Reading element
of the old style Higher course.
• It requires pupils to read passages and answer questions on the
language, tone and imagery in the text.
• 30% of Final Grade
READING FOR ANALYSIS, EVALUATION
AND UNDERSTANDING
• National 5 1 hour
• The national 5 exam requires pupils to read one passage and answer
questions on the language, content, imagery and style of the
passage.
• CFE Higher -1 hour 30 minutes
• The Higher exam requires pupils to read two passages and answer
questions on the first passage. Pupils then have to compare both
passages and write an extended comparison of the two pieces of
text.
*NEW EXAM ELEMENT*
THE SCOTTISH TEXT
• All National 5 and Higher candidates will study
a ‘Scottish Text’.
• This text is chosen from a prescribed list of
options written by the SQA.
• They will study this text in an in-depth manner
in order to analyse it closely on the day of the
exam.
CRITICAL READING
•This section of the exam is divided
into two sections. Section 1 looks at
the analysis and examination of
the Scottish Text.
•National 5/CFE Higher -1 hour 30
minutes
NATIONAL 5 SCOTTISH TEXTS STUDIED
IN THURSO HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH
DEPARTMENT
HIGHER SCOTTISH TEXTS STUDIED IN
THURSO HIGH SCHOOL
•‘Sunset Song’-Lewis Grassic Gibbon
• Don Paterson-Collected Poems
• Norman MacCaig-Collected Poems
•Carol Anne Duffy- Collected Poems
•‘The Cone Gatherers’ Robin Jenkins
CRITICAL ESSAY
• Pupils have 45 minutes to write one essay
on their chosen genre.
• Drama
OR
• Prose
OR
• Poetry
CRITICAL ESSAY SECTION
• This section is very similar to the original Higher
exam.
• Candidates are required to write an essay on one of
their chosen texts. This text must be from a different
genre than their Scottish text.
• Pupils will study their Scottish text in addition to at
least two other texts from different genres.
CFE HIGHER/NATIONAL 5 TEXTS
CFE HIGHER
NATIONAL 5
‘A Man for All Seasons’- Robert Bolt Drama
‘Kestrel for a Knave’- Barry Hines
‘The Great Gatsby’-F.Scott Fitzgerald Prose
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Harper Lee
‘Smeddum’ Short Story Lewis Grassic Gibbon
‘Lord of the Flies’ William Goudling
‘A view from a bridge’-Arthur Miller Drama
‘Of Mice and Men’ John Steinbeck
Seamus Heaney-’Digging’ and ‘Follower’ Poetry
‘Macbeth’ William Shakespeare
‘Othello’- William Shakespeare
Edwin Morgan ‘Glasgow 5th of March
WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BE DOING FOR
ENGLISH HOMEWORK?
HOMEWORK 1
Developing, re-drafting
and perfecting their
writing folio.
HOMEWORK 2
•Re-reading their class
text(s)
HOMEWORK 3
•Completing and adding
to their notes and
annotations.
HOMEWORK 3
•Completing set class
homework
HOMEWORK 4
• Reading quality
journalism to enhance
language and
vocabulary skills
HOMEWORK 5
Practice essay questions
and plans
HOMEWORK 6
•Watching quality
documentaries on TED talk
and making notes on
‘Audience’ and ‘Purpose’
HOW CAN I HELP THEM WITH THEIR
ENGLISH HOMEWORK?
• There are lots of ways to support your child through
Senior Phase English.
• Miss Perrie and Mrs Aitken are going to talk you
through some of the simple ways you can
encourage your child to study and succeed in
Senior Phase English. We will also hear from former
students who will talk about how they approached
their studies.
COMMUNICATING WITH THE
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
• We will communicate your child’s progress in English
throughout the year in a variety of formats.
• School Target letters and Senior Reviews
• Parents’ Evening(s)
• Report Cards
• English Department progress letter(s)
• Suggested change of level letter(s)
TRACKING IN THE ENGLISH
DEPARTMENT
• The Engish Department has a rigorous tracking system to ensure that all pupils are
making the best possible progress in their chosen level in Senior Phase English.
• If a class teacher feels that a pupil is not making adequate progress in class they will
be ‘flagged’ up to the Principal Teacher of English, Guidance and in more serious
cases the year head or Head Teacher.
• A red flag will be given if pupils:
• Consistently fail to hand in homework or course work
• Display a negative attitude towards the course work and class work
• Disrupt other students from their course work
• Are struggling with the challenging level of presentation at National 5 or Higher
COMMUNICATING WITH THE
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
• If you are keen to communicate with the Thurso High School
English Department please do so through our link Senior
Manager Mr C Omand or through your child’s guidance
teacher. Mr Omand will then communicate to the Head of
Department (Miss K Shanks)
• We still have our English Department website on the THS site
but it is currently under construction.
• We are considering starting our e-mail updates again for
Senior Phase classes but are looking for your feedback on
this idea.
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

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