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English

Subject Leader: Miss C Eastman and Mrs L Silvester
Key Stage 3 Coordinator: Mrs J Hicks

Pupil Engagement Coordinator: Mr R Beer
 

Key Stage 4 

English Language GCSE Examination

Exam Board: AQA

Course Overview

The AQA English Language enables students to develop the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of texts. It also encourages pupils to write in a variety of genres and styles.

Candidates are encouraged to read a wide range of ninetieth, twentieth and twenty first century fiction and non-fiction texts to prepare them for the range of texts they could encounter in the examination.

Pupils will be assessed by completing two exams both containing a reading and writing element. Each examination will be 1 hour and 45 minutes. There will also be separate internal assessment of the pupil’s speaking and listening skills.

 

English Literature GCSE Examination 

Exam Board: AQA
 

Course Overview

In English Literature, pupils will develop their ability to independently interpret a range of texts. They will develop an appreciation and understanding of how authors achieve their purpose through the use of appropriate literary techniques.  Through the study of plays, novels and poetry they will develop personal responses to a range of literary works.


Pupils will complete two examinations at the end of the two year course.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-Century Novel.
Paper 2: Modern texts and Poetry (anthology of selected poems and unseen poetry).


 

Key Stage 5

GCE Advanced Level English Language

Exam Board: OCR
Level: 3

Course Overview

During the first year, students study language use within different social contexts focusing on how meanings are created through lexical choices and sentence construction as well as comparing and contrasting different modes of language communication. For the second year, students study how children acquire speech language between the ages of 0 – 7 years and how the English language has evolved over the past 350 years. The coursework unit involves an analytical investigation into how language is used. Students also create an academic poster, summarising the findings of the topic.  This is a two year qualification, with all examinations completed at the end of the second year of teaching.

A Level Assessment: 80% examination (2 examinations worth 40% each), 20% coursework.

 

GCSE English Re-sit

Exam Board: Cambridge
Level: 2

Course Overview

The AQA English Language course enables students to develop the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of texts. It also encourages pupils to write in a variety of genres and styles.


Candidates are encouraged to read a wide range of ninetieth, twentieth and twenty-first century fiction and non-fiction texts to prepare them for the range of texts they could encounter in the examination.


Pupils will be assessed by completing two examinations both containing a reading and writing element. Each examination will be 1 hour and 45 minutes. There will also be separate internal assessment of the pupil’s speaking and listening skills.

A Level Assessment:  100% Examination

 

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1: Grammar and Writing and Language Analysis.
Term 2: Class Novel.
Term 3: Modern Drama (Noughts and Crosses).
Term 4: Romeo and Juliet, Creative Writing.
Term 5: Non Fiction Writing Skills.
Term 6: Nature Poetry and Exploring Science Fiction.

Year 8

Term 1: The Gothic Genre and Frankenstein (playscript).
Term 2: Descriptive and Narrative Writing.
Term 3: Dickens and the 19th Century.
Term 4: Reading Skills.
Term 5: Non Fiction Writing.
Term 6: Shakespearean Tragedy and Travel Writing.

Year 9

Term 1: Literary Allusions and Poetry from Different Cultures.
Term 2: Language and Gender and Exploring Speeches.
Term 3: Dystopian Fiction.
Term 4: Reading Skills.
Term 5: Issues Facing Young People (reading and writing skills).
Term 6: The Crucible and Evaluating Texts.

Year 10

Term 1: Shakespeare (Macbeth).
Term 2: Reading Crime Fiction and Poetry (selected anthology poems).
Term 3: Spoken Language Presentations and Poetry (selected anthology poems).
Term 4: A Christmas Carol.
Term 5: Poetry (selected anthology poems) and Descriptive and Narrative Writing.
Term 6: Modern Drama Text.

Year 11: Skills are alternated in weekly or two-weekly blocks as follows:

Term 1: Anthology Poems, Paper 2 Reading, A Christmas Carol, Paper 2 Writing, Macbeth.
Term 2: Paper 2 Language Skills, DNA, Paper 1 Reading, Unseen Poetry, Paper 1 Writing.
Term 3: Paper 1 Reading, Anthology Poems, Paper 1 Reading, Mock Preparation.
Term 4: Mock examination feedback, Paper 1 Literature, Paper 2 Language.
Term 5: Alternating weeks on language and literature skills for all papers.

 

Sixth Form Provision

OCR GCE A Level English Language

Term 1: Developing Contextual Understanding, Learning Grammar and Lexis Terminology.
Term 2: Examining Features of Spoken Texts, Introducing the Linguistic Frameworks.
Term 3: Comparing and Contrasting Texts.
Term 4: The Impact of Technology on the English Language.
Term 5: Gender and Power - Looking at Language Through a Conceptual Lens.
Term 6: Exploring Language Use, Introduction to the Language Investigation.

 

Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

Key Stage 3

KS3 English Complete Study & Practice. Publisher: CGP.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 - Study Guide. Publisher: CGP.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 – Workbook. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 – Workbook.
KS3 English Complete Coursebook. Published: Letts.

Key Stage 4

Snap Revision Guides. Publisher: Collins (Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, DNA, Power and Conflict Anthology Poems - AQA, Unseen Poetry, AQA Reading, AQA Writing)
Snap Revision Workbooks. Publisher: Collins (Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, DNA, Power and Conflict Anthology Poems - AQA, Unseen Poetry, AQA Reading, AQA Writing)

 

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities:

Key Stage 4 - Wednesdays 3-4pm with English teachers in L Block

 

Useful Links

English Revision Website