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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley



In the English Department we provide access to the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum through a broad and balanced curriculum which is delivered by a committed and dedicated team of teachers: Miss Cooper, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Cust, Mrs. Gray, Mr. McMeekin and Miss Toland.

Pupils are generally taught at Key Stage 3 through units of work linked to specific themes, novels, media and drama. These units provide opportunities for pupils to explore different forms of writing, types of reading and engage in activities designed to widen their talking and listening skills. The units build on previous skills and prepare pupils for the demands of the outside world as well as future academic examinations. Pupils entering Key Stage 4 will follow the CCEA English Language Specification. We aim to enable each pupil to develop the necessary understanding, knowledge and skills for both their personal and academic life. Throughout the pupils’ education we place increasing emphasis on expectations in terms of independent learning, encouraging self-motivation and the ability to take responsibility. We therefore have high expectations of our pupils’ achievements and their ability to become lifelong learners. We cater for different learning styles and abilities through a multi-sensory approach to learning via the use of: Media, Information Technology and Drama.

English skills are developed within a range of contexts. Pupils are encouraged to develop empathy and understanding through reading a range of literature. Written work is based on the texts and all units include independent as well as guided work. The topics chosen are intended to motivate pupils and to allow them to develop their literacy skills whilst widening their knowledge of the world today and of our historical heritage. Pupils are involved in topic linked activities aimed at providing opportunities to learn through instruction and discovery and through practical application of skills. Reading skills are fostered and supported through the use of guided reading and also through the use of learning to learn strategies. Pupils are encouraged to think about what makes a good reader, writer or successful speaker and are given opportunities to showcase their own skills.

The library is used regularly by Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils in accordance with the whole school literacy policy to promote reading for enjoyment. Year 8 participate in the Accelerated Reading Programme.

Pupils in years 11 and 12 are taught in a flexible setting system which enables them to be taught in a group commensurate with their aptitude and ability. We see the study of literature as an integral part of English, and strive to introduce a wide range of texts to all of our pupils. Our aim is for our pupils to achieve their optimum grade at GCSE/Advanced level, to be able to communicate with others effectively and to develop an enjoyment of literature.

KS 3 English Years 8-10

An overview of some Units:

  • Friendship Unit
  • Knowledge about Language
  • Novel: The Witches
  • Writing for Children Unit
  • Poetry Unit
  • Macbeth Unit

Units in Year 9

  • Newspaper Unit
  • Knowledge about Language
  • Novel – various choices to suit the range of interests and abilities
  • Computer Games Unit
  • Moving Image Unit

Units in Year 10

  • Advertising Unit
  • Knowledge about Language
  • Seamus Heaney Poetry Unit
  • Novel – various choices to suit the range of interests and abilities –
  • Writer’s Craft/Creative Writing Units
  • Media Advertising – focusing on television and film.

A range of talking and listening, reading and writing communication tasks are also completed throughout the year.


CCEA English Language Specification

Pupils are prepared for the Unit 1 and 2 exams throughout both years. (40%)

A range of speaking and listening tasks are completed over the two years. (20%) The pupils’ best performance in: an individual presentation, role play and group discussion.

Three controlled assessment tasks are completed over the two years. These are based on themes released by the exam board. (40%)

  Year 11

GCSE Writing Skills Overview
Of Mice and Men Preparation : Controlled Assessment
Speaking and Listening: Inspirational Speeches
Creative Writing  Preparation and Controlled Assessment
Paper 1 and 2 Preparation :Multi Modal /Personal Writing 
Year 12
Spoken Language Study

Sports Commentaries/Presentations

Reading Non Fiction Functional Writing Revision – Paper 2 
Speaking and Listening

Opportunity for additional Creative Writing CA if needed

Revision of Paper 1 and Paper 2