The English Department works diligently to improve the literacy skills of all pupils at Woodmill High School, while introducing them to literature and media from across history and cultures. The great majority of children study English from S1 through to S5, and many chose to engage in further study at Advanced Higher in Sixth Year.
The skills developed in English, especially the ability to communicate well verbally and in writing, are key to doing well in life and work. The English Department provides pupils with those skills through reading, writing, talking and listening and tailors this to a level appropriate to each. Literacy is central to the curriculum, and there are always opportunities for pupils to progress as is shown below.
In English, pupils develop the tools to:
- Be articulate.
- Think creatively.
- Be a good listener.
- Work well with others, and contribute to group and solo talks.
- Communicate their ideas and point of view.
- Be confident presenting and speaking in front of others.
- Research, find and use information.
- Understand, analyse and evaluate texts.
- Read for pleasure.
- Find out about their own country and culture.
- Experience culture from other countries and times.
- Understand how language works.
- Write in a variety of genres