English

The English faculty at Brainy Bairn Secondary aims to enable our students to be competent and confident readers and writers. We want every student to have the opportunity to become an excellent communicator, either through reading, writing or speaking and listening. We also aim to nurture a lifelong love of literature and all the benefits that come with enjoying beautifully crated texts.

Aims
The English department has two very serious responsibilities to our students.

One is to help them to develop the literacy skills they need for useful, productive and interesting lives: for their studies, and into their futures. Our curriculum is designed to increase students’ confidence and precision in written and spoken language, and reading comprehension. Our strategy and methods allow us to focus closely on each student’s needs.

The other responsibility is to bring a wider world to them through the study and enjoyment of literature, both through set books in class and through their own private reading. All students are encouraged to read, and helped to do so through our Reading Programme begun at Key Stage 3.

We support each student as the facilitator of their own learning. Independence of thought and action are encouraged through solo tasks, to boost students’ confidence and self-reliance. Team work, debate, co-operation and discussion are important in our curriculum as skills for life.

The students are tested regularly, and their targets in English are skills-based. Each student will know what they need to do to achieve their ambition, and we are ambitious for them. In order to succeed in English at IGCSE, students need to be prepared to work hard. They are required to study for a minimum of two hours per week outside of class and meet all deadlines for homework and projects. They should also be ready to work with others and contribute actively to class discussions.


Secondary 1
Method of Assessment

English secondary 1 assessment is divided into Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening which combine to create an overall grade of attainment. During the year, students will sit a variety of assessments that will test a range of skills important for both English and the wider world.
Teachers will regularly mark class work and homework tasks, giving comments at the end of the work to praise their successes and make suggestions for improvement. Students are expected to read teachers’ comments and act on advice about how to improve.

Secondary 2
Method of Assessment

Students starting Secondary 2 will take the CIE IGCSE English Literature and English Language courses in two years. All students will be entered for the English Paper, whiles English Literature is optional.
Students will study a selection of fiction and literary non-fiction extracts and practise approaches to reading and writing. For Literature students will also study William Shakespeare for drama; pre 1914 text for prose and a collection of poems from the Cambridge press anthology, Songs of Ourselves.
The English Language IGCSEs are assessed by 100% examination. About 60% is assessed in writing and 40% in reading. To best prepare students for success in the examinations, they will sit a practice paper of the IGCSE exam at the end of every half term. These grades will be recorded and used to track progress.


Sixth Form:
English Language, English Literature

We want our students to experience a broad range of classical, modern and African authors, using texts that are directly relevant to their lives, culture and cultural histories. We explore representations of race gender and socio-political concepts in nearly all the texts we study.
Students also get the opportunity to research and explore topics in Language acquisition and English as a global language. We offer English Language and English Literature either as individual CIE A-Level subjects or as part of the AICE diploma programme.

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