English On entering S3 all pupils will undertake a two-year course following the SQA Standard Grade English syllabus. Departmental policy is to regard S3 and S4 as a single entity and the same teacher will, normally, teach the class over the two-year course.
Classes will be broadly set at three levels – Credit/General, General/Credit and General/Foundation. This means that pupils can move from one level to another because the skills – of Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening – taught and practiced are more or less the same at each level. The difficulty of the texts studied and the quality of work expected are the main differences between the classes. The final grade is determined by the quality of work that the pupil produces, not by which class he/she has been placed in.
The Standard Grade course provides a balance of classroom activities in all four modes:
The reading and appreciation of literature (to include Drama, Poetry, Novel and Short Story)
The study of language
The study of methods of written and oral communication
The opportunity to express and practice what is learned above.
either General and Creditor General and Foundation
Transactional – Factual or Discursive essay
Expressive – Personal /Reflective essay or Short Story
One piece of writing in response to a Writing Paper
An holistic assessment of all assessable talk done over the S Grade course. Internal
Drama S3 Drama is open to all pupils regardless of previous experience. However, it is important, that pupils wishing to study drama recognise that the course involves both practical and written work. Pupils will undertake a two-year course following the SQA Standard Grade Drama syllabus.
Standard Grade Drama involves the following elements:
Creating : the process in which pupils are involved in order to progress through a given learning task. Pupils should be able to: