English

KEY STAGE 3

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

YEAR 7

Students study the origins of language: morphology/etymology (grammar and spelling rules) They read extracts from Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales. Their reading encourages the development of insight and literary critique.  In addition to any set texts, students are immersed in a range of extracts from journals, newspapers, novels, circulars and other printed material. Students are presented with opportunities to take abstract concepts in English and use them in written forms of argument, persuasion and debate.  The skills, developed from their study of poetry from the 19th and 20th Century, are used to support their writing, which will range from poetry based on myths and folklore to analysis of the impact of context on poets and their material. Students also study A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and have the opportunity to compare Shakespeare’s works with contemporary and classic authors, through a rigorous new scheme of learning.

YEAR 8

Students study Animal Farm by George Orwell and understand how authors like Orwell, through the written word, has shaped modern thinking and practice. They read poetry by Blake, Hardy Duffy and Plath (Pre 20th Century and 20th Century.) Students study a robust literacy programme that is integrated into their scheme of learning to develop their verbal and written communication.  They explore fundamental features of descriptive writing, understanding the genre specific features that will allow them to produce their own specific forms of writing.  Reading and writing units are taught with topical foci such as gender and ethnicity and class.  They consider authorial intention and the process of characterisation and thematic development and extenuating influences on literature.

YEAR 9

Students read A Woman In Black by Susan Hill and complete creative writing tasks that are influenced by the gothic and mystery genre. Students read a range of plays including The Crucible, Blood Brothers and other plays of a similar calibre, which will help to prepare them for the modern drama that they will read for GCSE.  The study of each play encourages depth of analysis and breadth in constructing responses that include an awareness of the understanding and expectations of contemporary and current audiences.

KEY STAGE 4

English Language and Literature

What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE in English Language and English Literature (2 GCSEs)

Examination Board:  AQA

COURSE CONTENT

The courses provide opportunities for students to develop personal responses to a range of literary and non-fiction texts. Students learn to write in a range of styles for different purposes and audiences. There is a renewed focus on applying a range of skills to deliver perceptive and increasingly sophisticated responses to each task undertaken in the final exam.  Weight is given to the importance of accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar, the development of vocabulary and the ability to organise and communicate ideas clearly, as these skills are fundamental to success in all subject areas.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE          

All texts in the examination will be unseen

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
(written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes)

Assessment:

Section A: Reading  (40 marks) – one single text

  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing (40 marks)

  • descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives
(Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes)

Assessment:

Section A: Reading (40 marks)   – two linked texts

  • one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing (40 marks)

  • writing to present a viewpoint

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language, separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

Assessment:

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of Standard English

ENGLISH LITERATURE

All assessments are closed book

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel (1 hour 45 minutes)

Assessment:

Section A Shakespeare (34 marks)

  • students will answer one question.
  • 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 (30 marks)  

  • students will answer one question.
  • 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 (2 hours 15 minutes)

Assessment:

Section A Modern texts (34 marks)

  • students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry (30 marks)

  • 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 (32 marks)

  • Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

sTep up to english

Students who find English particularly demanding will follow an Entry Level course:

Silver Step

Component 1: Literacy topics

Assessment:

Spoken language task (12 marks)

  • Presenting
  • Responding to questions and feedback

Reading tasks (24 marks)

  • Three transactional texts

Writing task (24 marks)

  • Transactional writing

Component 2: Creative reading and writing

Assessment:

Section A Reading (30 marks)

  • Two literary texts

Section B Writing (30 marks)

  • Creative writing

Gold Step

Component 1: Literacy topics

Assessment:

Spoken language task (12 marks)

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback

Reading tasks (24 marks)

  • Three transactional texts

Writing task (24 marks)

  • Transactional writing

Component 2: Creative reading and writing

Assessment:

Section A Reading (30 marks)

  • Two literary texts (from 19th, 20th, 21st century)

Section B Writing (30 marks)

  • Creative writing

At Challney Girls, the study of English is a journey, one that every student should accomplish, gathering knowledge, pleasure and a wider understanding of the place of English in their everyday world, seeing English as a subject that will enhance their social, business and academic life.