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·     to create a pleasant and stimulating learning environment in which pupils can enjoy all aspects of English;

·     to develop self-confidence and the use of English and thus foster personal and social development and self-esteem;

·     to develop skills in listening, talking, reading and writing;

·     to extend pupils' awareness and appreciation of good literature and thus enrich their understanding and experience of their own culture, the culture of others and life in general;

·     to encourage an understanding of and respect for themselves and others;

Junior School

The English syllabus for the first three years is based on the Northern Ireland Curriculum for Stage 3.  It is centred around units of work which afford opportunity for expression in the three modes of language (talking and listening, reading and writing).Teaching Strategies include class teaching and group discussion, group work, pair work, role-play, individual work. Work with ICT and digital equipment is also in evidence.

Talking and Listening

Pupils are encouraged to develop the ability to express and communicate meaning in spoken language.  They will listen to and interpret what others say, matching style and response to audience, context and purpose.


Pupils are encouraged to develop the ability to read, understand and engage with various types of text for enjoyment and learning. A wide range of reading material is available to them.


Pupils are encouraged to develop the ability to make and shape text in order to communicate meanings in written language,appropriate to context, purpose, reader or audience.

Assessment - Years 8-10

Talking and Listening

Pupils take part in many oral activities.  They are formally assessed once per term(10%)

·     listening actively and discussing with others

·     acquiring and giving information

·     talking about what has been read and written

·     reflecting on and demonstrating a knowledge of oral language

·     demonstrating skills of presentation

These are not mutually exclusive and need not be assessed separately.


Pupils write and talk about their responses regarding what they have read.  They are assessed formally once per term. (10%)


Response to literary material e.g. prose, poetry,drama.

Response to non-literary material e.g.advertisements, newspaper reports.

Research e.g. literary and non-literary research including project work in other subjects.




Pupils’ writing will comprise:

Creative writing

Personal writing

Response to reading

Discursive writing

Functional writing

Evidence of work produced through ICT

Some evidence of drafting

Formal writing assessment takes place once per term,(10%).  The overall coursework percentage for the Junior school is 30%.  The examination percentage is 70%.



Senior School

In year 12 pupils follow the GCSE Course as set outby C.C.E.A.  They read, discuss, and respond to (orally and in written form) a wide range of literature including Shakespeare, pre-twentieth century work and material by modern writers. The course includes short stories, poetry, drama, media texts and non-literary material.  There are two tiers of entry,higher and foundation.  Each pupil will be entered for the tier best suited to his/her ability and application ofeffort.




Oral performance now makes up 20% of each pupil's final coursework mark. The range of oral activities demonstrate that pupilscan:

1.    Explain, describe andnarrate;

2.    Explore, analyse andimagine;

3.    Discuss, argue and persuade.

Coursework testing - Reading 10% ,Writing 10%.

These attainment targets are assessed through four pieces of written coursework.

Reading 10%

Assignment A A personal response to poetry.

Assignment B A study of a Shakespearean text. 

Writing 10%

Assignment C A writing task to argue, persuade and instruct.

Assignment D A creative or personal piece of writing



Year 11

Year 11 now follow the AQA English GCSE syllabus.  The course covers a wide range of literary and fictional writing alongside non-fiction and media based documents.

Assessment consists of five controlled assessments in reading and writing.

Talking and listening assessment requires the preparation of three assessments.

A terminal exam tests reading and writing skills.


Assessment – Controlled Assessments Examination
  1. Understanding creative texts
(i)                 Shakespeare(ii)               Literary Heritage(iii)             Other Cultures 
  1. Producing creative texts
(i)                 Personal Writing(ii)               Recreations and Prompts 
  1. Talking and Listening
(i)                 Presenting(ii)               Discussing(iii)             Role Play TOTAL = 60%
  1. Reading and responding to non-fiction
  1. Writing
        Non-fiction       TOTAL = 40% 


Year 12

Paper 1            A comprehension-based on a passage from Irish literature

                        Continuous writing in the form of persuasive writing.

Paper 2            Functiona lor practical writing

                        A question on the reading and interpretation of non-fiction