Pupils have been issued with a letter detailing the key dates for English assessments and deadlines this session.
For the Course assessment at National 5 and Higher, you are required to submit a portfolio containing two pieces of writing, which is externally assessed by the SQA. This will be submitted to your teacher by Friday 10 March 2017.
You can type directly onto the template, or you can copy and paste your writing from another file.
Both portfolio pieces should be contained within one template, with a clear indication of where each piece of writing starts. We recommend using the headings DISCURSIVE and CREATIVE.
The template has a straightforward format and is set up with a common font and font size; however these can be altered if required.
Please make sure that all content is contained inside the margin lines of the template, as this is important to ensure accurate scanning.
Your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN), and a page number, must be added to the foot of every page in the template, using the boxes provided. These are for the purposes of identification.
It is recommended that the portfolio pieces are printed double-sided, but please do not use staples to collate the pages, as this will disrupt the scanning process.
Please also ensure that your work is printed clearly (e.g. no print leakage) so that it is legible.
The Summer holidays may approaching, but we are already organising an exciting trip for the new session!
We are delighted have secured 30 tickets to two fantastic author events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday 26 August. Places are being offered to National 5 pupils at a cost of £10.
The first event is ‘From Page to Stage with Keith Gray & Carl Miller’. Keith Gray’s Ostrich Boys is an extraordinary award-winning novel about friendship, loss and suicide. It’s recently been adapted for theatre by acclaimed playwright Carl Miller and the play has been performed to sell-out audiences in both the UK and South Korea. Keith and Carl will talk about the pleasures, pitfalls, responsibilities and rewards of adapting a book for the stage.
This will be followed by ‘Patrick Ness: The Rest of Us Just Live Here’. Not everyone gets to be the Chosen One who will save the day. Most of us are like Mikey, just living our lives the best way we can. Award-winning author Patrick Ness’ bold and irreverent new novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, powerfully reminds us that there are many different ways to be remarkable. This will be a chance to listen to one of the finest authors writing books for young people today.
To secure a place, please ask your teacher, Mr MacLean or Mrs Lumsden for a parental consent form and return this, along with the payment, ASAP.
There will be Easter study support sessions for both National 5 and Higher English.
Tuesday 7 April – 9:00-12:45
Higher Close Reading with Mr MacLean
Wednesday 8 April – 9:00-10:45
National 5 Close Reading with Miss Bradley
Wednesday 8 April – 11:00-12:45
National 5 ‘Tally’s Blood’ with Miss Bradley
You must register to attend these sessions so please return your forms to the office by Monday 30 March.
Please collect materials from Mr MacLean/Miss Bradley in the last week of term.
Ellie Bissett, 2W2, and Annie Bowman, 2S2, have taken Ross High over the 100,000,000 million mark for words read through Accelerated Reader! Congratulations to all our pupils on this fantastic achievement!
Thank you to all parents and staff who have promoted and encouraged personal reading this year. Pupils are evidently reading more regularly and we want to keep pushing this and aim high once again next session.
We have also beaten our target for books read, which now stands at 2027.
S1 – 4 pupils are invited to let their imagination run wild in this year’s Tyne and Esk Young Writer of the Year competition.
Entrants must reside in East Lothian and are allowed to enter one piece of original writing. The work can be either prose or poetry. Prose should be no more than 1500 words with poetry being no longer than 40 lines. There is no charge for entering the competition.
Entrants must ensure that they include their name; age; class; title of their entry; name of school and their English teacher on the back of their piece of original writing. Please keep an electronic copy as you will need this should you win.
All entries should be handed to English teachers by Wednesday 11 June.
In order for completed work to be submitted to the SQA, the following deadlines will apply:
National 5 Writing Portfolio to class teacher by Wednesday 12 March
Higher/Intermediate 2/Intermediate 1 Folio to class teacher by Wednesday 26 March