Mrs C Donnelly
Mr G Gillan
Mrs B Devlin
Mrs C McCann
Mrs C O’Neill
Ms J MacLaughlin
Mrs E Goodswen
In St Mary’s Limavady the English Department places the pupils’ experience of English Language and Literature at the heart of all planning for learning. Pupils will have the opportunity to engage with a range of genres in order to enhance their ability to communicate coherently, creatively and critically.
We strive to imbue St Mary’s pupils with an appreciation of the richness and power of both the written and spoken word. We endeavour to equip St. Mary’s pupils with confidence in the use of the English language to allow them to access opportunities as they go forward in life.
Key Stage 3
All pupils from Years 8-10 will study a range of works including, fiction, non-fiction, media and digital texts. Through a wide range of stimulus texts pupils will develop their skills in the areas of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Pupils’ spelling, punctuation and grammar skills will also be developed. Independent reading is encouraged and the school library has a superb array of popular bestsellers to choose from. Pupils engage in poetry, creative writing, inter-class debating and external public speaking competitions, drama workshops, theatre visits and BBC School Report, to name a few.
Key Stage 4 English Language
In Years 11 & 12 pupils embark on their GCSE studies following the CCEA specification for English Language. This two year course provides students with the opportunity to:
ContentAssessmentProposed year of assessment
Personal Writing and Reading
1 hour 30 mins
20% Year 11
Functional Writing and Reading
1 hour 30 mins
20% Year 12
Speaking and Listening
3. Role play
Year 11 & 12
Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively
Task 1: The Study of Spoken Language
Task 2: The Study of Written Language
Task 3: Writing CreativelyControlled assessment
40% Year 11 & 12
Key Stage 4 English Literature
In addition to English Language, English Literature can also be studied at GCSE. It is a two year course providing students with the experience of exploring the literary works of:
This course allows students the opportunity to develop the following skills:
The Study of Prose
25% Year 11
The Study of Drama and Poetry
50% Year 12
The Study of Linked Texts
Key Stage 5
English Literature is a popular A level choice in St Mary’s. It is a two year course which is assessed at the end of Year 14. The Pearson Edexcel specification is delivered by our team of experienced teachers. Students will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of poetry, prose and drama texts in addition to creating a coursework folder.
Component 1: Drama
Students will study aspects of the form of drama via two plays:
The central focus of the drama study is the literary text. Students will need to explore the use of literary and dramatic devices and the shaping of meanings in their chosen plays.
Component 2: Prose
Students will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts,
Women in Society:
Literary study of both texts selected for this component should incorporate the links and connections between them, and the contexts in which they were written and received.
Component 3: Poetry
Students will study a selection of poems from two published poetry texts:
They will consider the concerns and choices of modern-day poets in a selection of contemporary poems. Students will apply their knowledge of poetic form, content and meaning, and develop their skills in comparing an unseen poem with an example of studied poetry.
Coursework will be assessed via two texts from a choice of three:
Literary study of both texts should be enhanced by study of the links and connections between them, different interpretations and the contexts in which they were written and received.
Other Information (awards, extra activities etc)
The study of English is a vibrant part of St Mary’s school. There is a multitude of opportunities for all pupils to engage with the subject of English beyond the classroom. All pupils are actively encouraged to participate. St Mary’s English department creates an environment for pupils to make lifelong friends and memories. Opportunities abound for all, in all mediums.
Take a look at the wealth of activities our students are involved in: