At Lomond School we believe that teaching in the twenty-first century is driven by the aim of creating self-motivated, ambitious and confident individuals. As English teachers, it is our primary goal to empower our pupils with the skills to utilise and interpret language; to negotiate the ever changing and complex world of multimedia communication in which they live, but also to encourage a love of reading and an appreciation of literature. We also aim to develop essential life skills through interactive learning which will enable pupils to express themselves clearly and effectively, thus building confidence and allowing them to fulfil their true academic potential.
Pupils follow a common course in S1 and S2, and the National 5 course in S3 and S4. As part of our National 5 course, pupils also complete the Added Value Unit for National 4 which, in English, takes the form of a solo talk about two texts of the pupil’s choice. Pupils must also complete the National 4 Literacy Unit, which is combined with their S3 assessment and comprises reading, writing, talking and listening. The Higher course is taken by the vast majority of pupils in S5. The Advanced Higher course is studied in S6 by pupils who have shown significant aptitude and interest in the subject.
At Lomond School we are proponents of the progressive approaches inherent in ‘A Curriculum for Excellence,’ with particular emphasis on the formative approaches of ‘Assessment is for Learning’ (AifL). AifL is the central principle by which the learning styles and requirements of each and every child in English are addressed and built upon as part of an ongoing process of development, rather than a series of summative ‘scores’. The composition of each class in S1–3 English, therefore, is reflective of this tenet, whereby ‘ability’ is not fixed but is an ongoing process.
The Lomond English Department is involved in a number of extra-curricular activities such as competitions – with particular success in this year’s ‘Rotary Young Writers competition’. We are also TED-Ed accredited which allows us the opportunity to develop presentation skills; we also support creative writing, revision workshops, and the forthcoming ‘Lomond Television’ – a production based venture into multimedia technologies. We also offer frequent opportunities to attend theatrical and cinematic productions in order to improve pupils’ understanding and appreciation of the texts that they are studying in class.