The English department at Castleknock College provides a curriculum that is broad, balanced, challenging and fosters a love of learning. We build our curriculum to the abilities, interests and aspirations of our students, to give every student the opportunity to strive for personal excellence. 

The cycles of learning are sequenced throughout each year group to provide students proficiency in comprehension, analysis, evaluation and comparison. 

Incorporating both the Junior Cycle key skills and building towards the challenges of Leaving Certificate remain central to our planning and preparation. 

The English course at Junior Cycle level encourages students to:

  • To be innovative through language and to benefit from English in all of its forms in terms of enjoyment and personal development.
  • Through the interconnected literacy skills of oral language, reading, and writing, to gain influence over English by using it and reacting to it with meaning and effect.
  • To interact directly with and critically evaluate a growing number of spoken, published, and multimodal texts.
  • Personal experiences with a variety of literary texts to establish an educated understanding of literature.
  • To discover, use, synthesise, analyse, and communicate knowledge using a variety of media using their literacy skills.
  • To acquire a working knowledge of English grammar and conventions, as well as how they can be used to facilitate direct and efficient communication.

Transition Year English:

Transition Year English is modular. Over the course of the year, the students will experience several different modules, taught by different teachers. The emphasis is upon project work and continuous assessment, meaning that there are no house examinations to prepare for at the end of the year. Students will cover various types of literature, attending modules which focus upon drama, the short story, the novella, film and creative writing. It is an opportunity for students to explore a variety of texts that do not feature on the Leaving Certificate course but are significant texts in their own right. 

Senior Cycle English: 

A compulsory subject for all students, the English course for Senior Cycle involves both the study of language and literature. The course encourages students to develop their literacy and oral language skills with the objective of becoming fluent and thoughtful users of the language. English can be studied at higher or ordinary level.