Trench House

87 Stewartstown Road


Co. Antrim

BT11 9JP


(028) 9092 5670


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The English department consists of eight teachers and eight classrooms and a designated Reading Room. We provide a stimulating and welcoming learning partnership between pupil and teacher which places the pupil at the centre of learning activities.

Teachers promote learning through high expectations and through monitoring pupil progress, providing appropriate feedback, assisting with target setting and celebrating success.

The English Departmental schemes of work plan for progression from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4. The study of English Literature at GCSE level allows for progression to A Level English Literature.

Key Stage 3

Learning and teaching in Key Stage 3 English develops the ability to communicate effectively and equips pupils for the world in which they will live and work.

The study of English as a subject in Key Stage 3 seeks to develop a love of literature in all its forms – prose, poetry and drama. The study of literature in English fosters an appreciation of the writer’s craft and introduces pupils to their rich and varied literary heritage. We seek to develop the desire and the ability to communicate creatively and imaginatively in a variety of literary forms.

Our pupils study Units of Work each year as indicated below:

Year 8

  • Personal Writing

  • Genre - Explored Through Fairytales

  • Drama Scripting

  • Close Study of Selected Novel

  • Product Launch

  • Poetry (Rhyme/Rhythm & Heaney)

Year 9

  • Letter Writing (Purpose, Audience, Tone)

  • Macbeth And Shakespearean Theatre

  • Christmas Theme - Explored Through Written Texts

  • Close Study of Selected Novel

  • Poetry (Imagery - Ballads) and Linked News Report

  • Persuasive/Rhetorical Style - Debate

Year 10

  • Persuasive Writing & Debating

  • War Poetry

  • Romeo & Juliet

  • The Short Story

  • Close Study of Selected Novel

  • Study of Spoken Language

  • Multi-Modal Texts: Use of Language & Presentational Devices

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we offer GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature with CCEA Examination Board.

GCSE English Language

In writing students learn to:

  • write clearly and fluently;

  • organise ideas

  • use a style and language to suit the task and the reader

  • use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation

In reading students learn to

  • read and understand a variety of texts

  • explain how writers use language and presentation to make meaning

In Speaking and Listening students learn to:

  • present information and ideas in a way that suits the audience

  • interact with others

  • express ideas clearly, accurately and appropriately

  • use talk in a range of real-life situations

GCSE English Literature

Pupils study a variety of literary texts:

  • drama (including Shakespeare)

  • poetry

  • prose (novels and short stories)

Pupils learn to:

  • read and understand drama, poetry and prose

  • respond to what they read in developed essay type answers

  • explain how language and structure in the literature texts carry meaning

  • use details from what they read to support opinions

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we offer AS and A2 qualifications in English Literature with the CCEA Examination Board 

AS level consists of 2 modules –

  • Coursework module: Study of Drama (40%) one Shakespeare play and two plays by another dramatist

  • External Examination: Study of Poetry Written after 1800 a pair of poets and Study of Prose 1800-1945 (60%) one novel

A2 level consists of 2 modules; each assessed through an external exam and each worth 50% of the A2 course.

  • Study of Poetry 1300-1800 and Drama (one poet and two plays)

  • Study of Prose – theme based (3 novels)

Skills developed in studying this course:

  • Sophisticated Communication Skills

  • Empathy Skills

  • Time Management & Organisational Skills

  • Increased awareness of historical and social influences on human attitudes and behaviours


As part of our departmental policy we set homework after each lesson.

Homework reinforces classwork and provides teachers with evidence of progress. It gives parents the opportunity to reinforce classroom learning and see the level at which the pupils performing.


Homework tasks include a variety of tasks such as

  • extended written work

  • reading

  • learning

  • research activity

  • skills practice worksheets

  • redrafting

  • preparation for summative assessment tasks

  • preparation for Talking and Listening activities.

Homework always includes independent reading and all KS3 pupils are expected to have a library book and engage in 20-30 minutes reading each school evening and to participate in the Accelerated Reading Programme in school.


English teachers play a leading role in developing literacy and providing pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to read, write, speak and listen effectively; however, all teachers in St Genevieve’s contribute to developing effective literacy skills.

Vocabulary and Spelling

We encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning of vocabulary and spellings. All Key Stage 3 pupils have a Word Bank at the front of their homework diaries. Every subject uses this book to record vocabulary required in their particular subject area.

Accelerated Reading Programme

All Key Stage 3 pupils are enrolled in the Accelerated Reading Programme which provides an individualised target and allows teachers to monitor and report on reading progress. Senior pupils act as Reading Mentors for some of the younger pupils.

Self- Editing

All pupils are encouraged to self-edit written work to improve accuracy across the curriculum.