The English Department at St Louis aims to ensure that every pupil is developed into an effective and confident communicator, both orally and in written form. We endeavour to nurture in each pupil an appreciation and love of the English Language and English Literature.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, pupils follow a varied programme which develops all three skill areas; reading, writing and talking & listening. In each year throughout the key stage, pupils are provided the opportunity to study prose, poetry, drama and media. Attention is also paid to developing and embedding literacy skills throughout Years 8, 9 & 10. All pupils are working towards the Northern Ireland Requirements and Levels of Progression in Communication at the end of this Key Stage.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 English Language and English Literature are compulsory subjects. The awarding body for the GCSE examinations is CCEA.
Externally Assessed Components
Unit 1: 1 hour 45 min examination [30%]
Section A: Writing for Audience and Purpose
Section B: Reading to Access Non Fiction and Media Texts
Unit 4: 1 hour 45 min examination [30%]
Section A: Writing – Personal or Creative Writing (candidates choose to answer 1 out of 2 questions)
Section B: Reading Literary and Non Fiction Texts
Unit 2: Speaking and Listening [20%]
Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively [20%]
Externally Assessed Components
Unit 1: The Study of Prose [30%]
1 hour and 45 mins examination
Students answer two questions, one from Section A – ‘Of Mice and Men’, John Steinbeck (closed book)
Set question in Section B on unseen prose extract from 19thCentury
Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry [50%]
2 hour examination
Section A: The Study of Drama - Blood Brothers(open book)
Section B: The Study of Poetry – Identity anthology (open book)
Unit 3: The Study of Shakespeare [20%]
An extended writing question based on response to a theme in Shakespeare's ‘Macbeth’.
English Literature is offered at AS and A2 Level. The awarding body for the examinations is CCEA.
Unit AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900-Present and Drama 1900-Present
AS1 External Exam (2 hrs - 60% of AS and 24% of A2):
Section A - Frost and Heaney (open book),
Section B Arthur Miller, ‘The Crucible’ (closed book)
Unit AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900
AS2 External Exam (1 hr - 40% of AS 16% A2):
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (closed book)
The Library at St Louis is an inherent part not only of the English Department, but of the entire school community. In this thriving and busy Library, pupils are provided with recommended reads, take part in book competitions and participate in Library Club. The Library is also home to the school Chess Club.
Year 8 English classes have one Library period per week and Years 9 & 10 visit the library every fortnight. Year 8 and 9 participate in the Accelerated Reading Programme which boosts each of our students’ reading ability and gets them reading books that are right for their reading age. Year 10 pupils are encouraged and enabled to complete a 'Reading Challenge' which introduces them to new genres and authors and fosters a love of reading.
Sixth Form Debating Team
Our Sixth Form Debating Team has participated in the Northern Ireland Schools Debating Competition for many years. Debating increases pupils' confidence and powers of persuasion while developing their communication skills.
Public Speaking Competitions
Pupils from all Key Stages regularly take part and are hugely successful in National and International Public Speaking competitions to include BPW and Soroptimist Public Speaking events.
KS3 Fiction Addiction
Pupils meet fortnightly to discuss best-sellers. This is a club for literature enthusiasts who want to share their recommendations and experiences.
St. Louis pupils are continually encouraged to develop and hone their writing skills by participating in short story, poetry and essay writing competitions. Last year, many of our Key Stage 3 pupils had their poems published in the Young Writers’ ‘Empowered’ anthology.
The St. Louis Library often hosts visiting authors and poets who inspire our pupils through talks and readings and progress their writing and creative skills through interactive workshops. Last year, Year 8 pupils participated in an online question and answer session with popular author, Taran Matharu.
The English Department at St. Louis furthers pupils' love and understanding of literature through theatre visits, allowing pupils to see drama 'come to life'.
Our A Level students benefitted from academic writing workshops facilitated by Ulster University and the Royal Literary Fund.
Mrs C Morgan (Head of Department)
Mrs S Fullerton
Miss P Murray
Mrs N McCann
Miss N McKendry
Ms J Wallace
Mrs C Boyd