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English

Overview

The English Language and Literature courses build upon the foundations established in previous years, strengthening key literacy skills and harnessing and encouraging a passion for English as a language.  To achieve two GCSE qualifications students must complete examinations involving a variety of reading and writing skills as well as participating in a range of speaking and listening activities. These courses empower students to become effective communicators and develop the skills required for any working environment.

 

Foundation Stage

Course outline

 Students will develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills throughout KS3 meeting the demands of the KS3 National Curriculum and covering the following topic areas leading into, and linked with, the GCSE programme of study.

In Year 7 this includes:

  • Unit 1 - Bridging Reading Unit: Harry Potter series, ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’, myths and legends. Assessment: analysis of an extract.
  • Unit 2 - Grammar for Writing leading to Creative Writing Unit.  Assessment: creative writing task.
  • Unit 3 – Poetry Study: critical analysis and unseen poetry.  Assessment: comparison of two poems.
  • Unit 4 - Study of the play ‘Anansi.’ Assessment:  writing a speech leading to Speaking and Listening Presentation.
  • Unit 5 – Prose Study: ‘Holes.’  Assessment: analysis of an extract from the novel.
  • Unit 6 - Year 7 exam based on AQA Year 7 SAMS Assessment: Section A: analysis of an extract; Section B: creative writing task linked to the extract.
  • Unit 7 - Non-Fiction and Media – Reading and Writing: study of non-fiction and media texts.   Assessment: analysis of non-fiction text. 

In Year 8 this includes:

  • Unit 1 - Prose Study – Novel: ‘The Hunger Games’ (including Speaking and Listening presentation).  Assessment: analysis of an extract.
  • Unit 2 - Prose Study – Novel: ‘The Hunger Games.’ Assessment: creative writing task.
  • Unit 3 – Shakespeare: Study of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ or ‘Macbeth’. Assessment: essay comparing a theme from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ with the BBC adaptation; or, from ‘Macbeth’ with the film version.
  • Unit 4 - Non-Fiction and Media - Newspapers/Magazines/Film: writing to argue and persuade exploring bias. Assessment: writing a persuasive article reviewing ‘The Truman Show’/’School of Rock.’
  • Unit 5 - Prose Study - Novel: ‘Private Peaceful’/’War Horse.’ Assessment: essay on a theme from the novel.
  • Unit 6 - Year 8 exam based on AQA Year 8 SAMS Assessment: Section A: analysis of an extract; Section B: creative writing task linked to the extract.  
  • Unit 7 - Poetry Study - critical analysis and Unseen Poetry: study of Year 8 anthology. Assessment: comparison of two poems.

 

Personalised Stage

GCSE English Language and English Literature

Examination Board: Edexcel

Course Outline

The English Language and Literature courses build upon the foundations established in previous years, strengthening key literacy skills and harnessing and encouraging a passion for English as a language. To achieve two GCSE qualifications students must complete assessments and examinations involving a variety of reading and writing skills as well as participating in a range of speaking and listening activities. These courses empower students to become effective communicators and develop the skills required for any working environment.

 In Year 9 this includes:

The first year of the Personalised Stage in preparation for the English Language and English Literature GCSE specifications:

  • Unit 1 – English Language – Paper 2 Section A: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives. Assessment: compare how writers convey different viewpoints in two texts.
  • Unit 2 – English Language – Paper 2 Section B: Writing to Present a Viewpoint. Assessment: exam style extended writing question – writing an article for a newspaper explaining a personal point of view on a statement.
  • Unit 3 – Spoken Language. Assessment: presentation and responding to questions and feedback (speaking and listening endorsement).
  • Unit 4 – English Literature – linked to Paper 1 Section B – 19th C Novel. Extracts from 19th C Literature based around a theme.  Assessment on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Arthur Conan Doyle – question on an extract from the text and the text as a whole.
  • Unit 5 – English Language – Paper 1 Section B: Writing to Describe or Narrate. Assessment:  extended writing question in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image.
  • Unit 6 – Year 9 exam based on AQA SAMS Assessment: Section A: analysis of an extract; Section B: creative writing task linked to the extract.
  • Unit 7 – English Literature – Shakespeare (linked to Paper 1 Section A): extracts from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays based on themes, characters and context. Assessment: write on an extract and compare it to a second extract from the same play related to a theme or character.   
  • Unit 8 – English Literature – Paper 2: Unseen Poetry.  Assessment: comparison of two poems.

 

In Years 10 and 11 this includes:

 Preparation for the English Language and English Literature GCSE exams:

  • English Literature – Paper 2 Section A: ‘An Inspector Calls’. Assessments: exam style essay questions on ‘An Inspector Calls.’
  • English Language – Paper 1 Section A: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – extracts taken from literature prose fiction (novels and short stories). Assessments: questions on extracts from literature prose fiction (20th or 21st C).   
  • English Language – Paper 2 Section A: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives. Assessments: compare how writers convey different viewpoints in two texts.
  • English Language – Paper 2 Section B: Writing to Present a Viewpoint. Assessments: exam style extended writing questions – writing to present a personal point of view on a statement.
  • Spoken Language – Speaking and Listening Endorsement. Assessment: presentation and responding to questions and feedback.
  • English Literature – Paper 1 Section B – 19th C Novel: ‘The Sign of Four’ by Arthur Conan Doyle. Assessments on ‘The Sign of Four’ – questions on an extract from the text and the text as a whole.
  • English Language – Paper 1 Section B: Writing to Describe or Narrate. Assessments: exam style extended writing questions in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image.
  • English Literature – Paper 1 Section A: ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Assessments: write on an extract related to a theme or character and on the play as a whole.  
  • English Literature – Paper 2: Anthology Poetry. Study of Anthology Poetry ‘Power and Conflict’: theme, language and structure. Assessments: comparisons of Anthology poems.  
  • Year 10 Exam and Year 11 Mock Exams based on AQA SAMS Assessments.

Subject Summary

Level

Exam board

Written Exam

Other Assessment

GCSE English Language

AQA

Paper 1 (worth 50%): Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

1 hour 45 minutes

Paper 2 (worth 50%): Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Speaking and Listening Endorsement (Pass, Merit, Distinction)

GCSE English Literature

AQA

Paper 1 (worth 40%): Shakespeare & the 19th Century Novel

1 hour 45 minutes

Paper 2 (worth 60%): Modern Drama, Poetry Anthology & Unseen Poetry

2 hours 15 minutes

 

 

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