English

Key Stage 4

From September 2015, all students will study English Language and English Literature at GCSE. Students will follow the course accredited by AQA examination board.   The course is assessed by terminal examination, at the end of Year 11.

English Language (September 2015)

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What’s assessed?

Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing – descriptive or narrative writing

Assessed by Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes = 80 marks     (50% of GCSE)

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%)– one single text

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

What’s assessed?

Section A: Reading – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing – writing to present a viewpoint

Assessed by Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes = 80 marks (50% of GCSE)

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

English Literature from September 2015

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What’s assessed?

Shakespeare plays – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for 2017 exams and ‘Macbeth’ for 2018 cohort

The 19th-century novelA Christmas Carol (Dickens) RLY/KND/NSY groups; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson) CMS group

How is it assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes = 64 marks   (40% of GCSE)

Questions

Section A: Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B: The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

What’s assessed?

Modern prose or drama texts

The poetry anthology

Unseen poetry

How it’s assessed: written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes = 96 marks (60% of GCSE)

Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

Recommended Editions:

CGP Romeo and Juliet – The Complete Play (ISBN: 9781841461229)

CGP Macbeth – The Complete Play (ISBN: 978 1 84146120 5)

An Inspector Calls (ISBN: 0435232827)

A Christmas Carol (Any original edition – not abridged)

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Any original edition – not abridged)

CGP Power and Conflict Poems (ISBN 1782943617)

Links for students:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english/

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/

Recommended Reads KS4 : October 2016

 

Key Stage 3 English

From 2016, students in Year 7 will be taught in sets based on KS2 and baseline test data.

Year 8 students will be taught in groups according to ability and progress during Year 7.

Year 9 students are grouped into different sets based on their ability to prepare them for Year 10 and the GCSE course.

For all years in Key Stage 3, regular half termly assessments allow for tracking of progress of key skills. It also enables teachers to ensure students are working at the correct level for them to be challenged. The subject content will meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and is based on the Key Stage 3 National Strategy Framework for teaching English and Literacy.   Key skills across the key stage are supported and reinforced within Literacy lessons.

In each year, at Key Stage 3, students study:

  • Reading, Understanding and Exploring Shakespeare.
  • Reading, Understanding and Exploring texts of our Literary Heritage and how language is continually evolving (ranging from Beowulf, Chaucer to modern day).
  • Writing for different purposes: to entertain, describe, inform, persuade, argue, advise.
  • Reading poetry throughout the ages including poems from other cultures
  • Reading a novel.
  • Reading, Understanding and Creating Non-Fiction including a range of media (advertisements, diaries, leaflets, speeches, film, image).

KS3 Recommended Reads