S1 English


The main purpose of the S1 course is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the skills of listening and talking, reading and writing in order to understand and use language. Learners will cover a range of level 3 Experiences and Outcomes for English and Literacy as stated in the Curriculum for Excellence.

Building on literacy skills, the course develops understanding of language through the study of a wide range of texts. Over the S1 course, a variety of literature will be read and analysed including poetry, novels and plays. Learners will also experience a range of non-fiction and media texts. All learners will have a weekly timetabled library lesson where personal reading will be regularly encouraged and reviewed. Using reading logs, they will set themselves independent study targets to read as much as possible over the week.

Listening and talking activities will include paired, group, and whole class discussion and individual talks. For example, learners will be asked to develop planning aids to support their talk work as well as develop their note taking skills.

Learners will also create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience, and context. S1 learners will produce a writing folio for extended pieces of writing. All extended pieces of writing will be completed on A4 paper and kept in their writing folder to record learner progress.

Course Content

Learners will develop the ability to:

  • listen and talk, read, and write, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context;
  • understand, analyse and evaluate texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in the contexts of literature, language and media;
  • create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context;
  • apply knowledge of language; and
  • develop technical accuracy and proof reading skills.

To see our S1 Course Schedule for Learning and Assessment click here.

Home Study

  • From time to time home study exercises will be given to reinforce skills being taught in the classroom.
  • Learners will be asked to read every week.
  • Learners will be asked to prepare for assessments such as individual talks.


In S1 assessment is ongoing, which may include the following: close reading activities, critical essays, extended writing, group discussion, individual talk, and listening activities.

Useful Resources for Pupils and Parents

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Editing Symbols

The S1 Reading Programme

CfE Experiences and Outcomes for Literacy and English