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Bowhouse Road, Alloa, Clackmannanshire. FK10 1DN.
tel: 01259 214979; fax: 01259 211022; email: alloa@edu.clacks.gov.uk

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English - Literacy

FACULTY HEAD

Miss J Adam

TEACHING STAFF

Mrs H Ferguson

Mrs H Henderson

Mr D Hornsby

Mr E McGrouther

Mrs S Rankin

Mrs M Sykes

SUPPORT STAFF

Mrs V Sammells - Classroom Assistant

Aims of The English Department

  1. To stimulate lasting pupil interest and enjoyment in English: to create an atmosphere in which pupils wish to learn and are active participants in English, and where staff enjoy teaching, so they give of their very best. This will enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately and will ensure the highest level of achievement for each pupil.
  2. To develop the habit of reading and actively encourage pupils to value reading as a pleasure and as an important life skill.
  3. To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary in Standard English.
  4. By exposing pupils to a wide range of materials (both literary and media) to enable pupils to see English as: a major cultural feature and part of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  5. To support the ethos of the school and to enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others and initiative.
  6. To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities in order that English contributes to the development of core skills such as ICT, Reading, Writing and Talking.
  7. To employ teaching methods and resources that allow pupils (irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, academic or physical ability) to have equal access to English and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  8. To value each individual and so encourage each pupil to value and respect others. In so doing, to encourage empathy so that each pupil approaches issues of race, gender and ability with tolerance and insight.
  9. To develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of the English and the Scots language (past, present and future) for the individual and local, national and international communities.

Extra Activities

Teachers of the English Department recognise the importance of drama. To this end, in-school workshops and performances are organised as often as possible. In addition, theatre trips are organised out of school hours. Writers often visit the school to talk (mainly to senior classes) about their work. Senior pupils have opportunities to attend lectures at the University of Stirling and to become members of the university library. Alloa Academy pupils have participated in local and regional debating competitions. S1-3 pupils have participated in the BBC HardSpell competition and first and second year pupils participate in Readathon on an annual basis.

Nationals In a Nutshell

Please find below documents providing summary information for Parents on new National Qualifications:

English Nat4

English Nat5

PUPIL RESOURCES

 

English Skills Booklets

Booklet 1

Booklet 2

 

S1

Term 1 Spelling

Term 2 Spelling

Term 3 Spelling

HARDSPELL

Reading HOMEWORK

Bronze Reading Record (S1)

Silver Reading Record (S1)

Gold Reading Record (S1)

 

S2

Term 1 Spelling

Term 2 Spelling

Term 3 Spelling

HARDSPELL

 

Reading HOMEWORK

Bronze Reading Record (S2)

Silver Reading Record (S2)

Gold Reading Record (S2)

 

S3

Advanced Bronze Reading Record

Advanced Silver Reading Record

Advanced Gold Reading Record

 

Curriculum for Excellence - Information for Parents / Carers

National 3 Course Details

National 4 in a Nutshell

National 5 in a Nutshell

S3 TEXTS

Of Mice And Men - Resources

Of Mice And Men - BBC Bitesize

S4

Advanced Bronze Reading Record

Advanced Silver Reading Record

Advanced Gold Reading Record

 

National 3 Course Details

National 4 in a Nutshell

National 5 in a Nutshell

S4 TEXTS

Lord Of The Flies - Resources

Lord Of The Flies - BBC Bitesize

Lord Of The Flies - Audiobook

Lord Of The Flies A-Z Slideshow

National 5 Final Countdown February - Easter 2014

S4 HOMEWORK

 

S5/6

S5/6 Romeo & Juliet Competition

S5/6 Romeo and Juliet Production

 

 

S5/6 Deadlines January - May 2014

Intermediate 1 Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Intermediate 2 Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Higher Past Papers and Marking Instructions

 

Homework S5/6

Summer Reading Task

Some Recommended Reading

 

S5/6 Texts

 

Romeo and Juliet - Spark Notes

Romeo and Juliet - Cliffs Notes

 

The Great Gatsby - Spark Notes

The Great Gatsby - Cliffs Notes

 

Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Spark Notes

Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Cliffs Notes

 

Brighton Rock Notes

 

S6 Advanced Higher

Advanced Higher Past Papers and Marking Instructions

 

Required reading for Advanced Higher:

Charles Dickens -

dickens

Great Expectations - Study Guide

Great Expectations Study Guide 2

 

Hard Times - Study Guide

 

Recommended site for background information:

Victorian Web

 

Advanced Higher Workshop Alva Academy - 5th October 2012Advanced Higher class 2012

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Curriculum for Excellence - Information for Parents & Carers

Curriculum for Excellence - Information for Students

 


READING:

Reading is vital at all levels within the English Faculty.

Reading

World Book Day is on 6th March 2014

 

Check out PROJECT GUTENBERG: Free e-books to download to your computer, Kindle and other readers.

 

Amazon: Free e-books and cheap e-books

 

Free e-books and novellas from up and coming authors:

 

 

WRITING:Writing

 

Scottish writers - Information and Resources

 

Fancy yourself as a writer? Here are some practical tips for you:

 

Short Story writing - Competitions to enter:

 

 

Contact information

For further information about this page please contact:

Miss J Adam
Principal Teacher of English
Alloa Academy
Bowhouse Road
Alloa
FK10 1DN

Tel: 01259 214979
Email: jadam@edu.clacks.gov.uk

Or use the on-line contact form.