English - key stage 3
At Key Stage Three all students study English and this involves reading, writing, talking and listening and drama.
The English Department seeks to provide an environment, which helps every pupil to develop their skills and reach her/his full potential by;
- promoting competence in the three main components: Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing
- developing the skills of independent thinking and learning
- making pupils aware of the power, complexity, versatility and sensitivity of the English language through their experiences of language in the classroom
- enabling them to contribute in a positive and mature manner to society
- encouraging their personal growth by promoting a range of attitudes including empathy, sensitivity, co-operation and tolerance
- fostering a sense of confidence and self-worth in the pupils through a climate of positive reinforcement and constructive criticism, ensuring that each pupil’s individual achievements are valued
- developing in pupils an awareness and recognition of the significance of our cultural heritage
Reading is central to the development of a student’s literacy skills and the department encourages both private reading and reading as part of a whole class. Each class is allocated a set class in our library and encouraged to complete their bronze, silver and gold reading certificates.
The department aims to promote pleasure in reading across all year groups. The department also recognises the need to engage pupil’s interest outside the traditional print forms, and encourage engagement with media and multimedia texts.
Students should have a clear sense of purpose and audience in their writing and every effort will be made to give students the opportunity to enter competitions, which provide real audiences for their writing. The process of drafting and redrafting is encouraged, and through this process pupils should be made aware that secretarial skills are part of the ability to communicate effectively. ICT can play an important part of this redrafting process.
KS3 Schemes of Work:
|Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
|Information Age Genre/Form Introduction to poetry||Non- fiction text types Non- fiction text types Writer’s Craft||Writing Reality Magazines Short stories|
Each unit is linked to the NI Curriculum for English and Media Education. Alongside the teaching of these units, pupils also study a range of class novels and drama.
News Articles - English
26 October 2016Pupils from 9CA and 9HA enjoyed an interactive Poetry Performance. This was organised by the E...
22 April 2016Today Miss Erskine’s Year 9 English class were celebrating William Shakespeare’s birthday by samplin...
01 February 2016Congratulations to the public speaking team of Shannon, Anna and Zoe who travelled to Belfast on Sat...
03 December 2015Congratulations to the public speaking team. Chloe, Rhiannon, Zoe, Anna and Rebecca (missing from p...
20 October 2015This year students from Cookstown High School achieved 100% in their external exams in each exam com...
14 October 2015The class of 8HB have been celebrating National Poetry Day (8th October) by writing poetry based on ...
15 June 2015Friday 12th June saw the Grand Final of the Year 8 Public Speaking competition. Year 8 students prep...
29 January 2014Year nine pupils show off the English Department’s newly acquired ‘nooks’. Money raised from the 201...
21 June 2013The CHS ‘Primary Seven Poet of the Year’ competition ran for a second time this year with local prim...
13 March 2013A number of junior pupils recently entered the Young Writers ‘Around the World in 80 Words’ sho...