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.
Students study the origins of language: morphology/etymology (grammar and spelling rules). They create their own language based on The Jabberwocky poem. They read extracts from Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales. They read the novels Framed or Boy. They write to argue/persuade (animals in captivity). They study poetry from the 19th and 20th Century and create writing based on myths and folklore. They study A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
Students study Animal Farm by George Orwell and The Crucible by Arthur Miller. They read poetry by Blake, Hardy Duffy and Plath (Pre 20th Century and 20th Century.) They look at dialect, accent, Standard English and received pronunciation (Spoken Language). They write to argue/persuade (gender and ethnicity.) They consider grotesque monsters of the Victorian age (Dracula, Frankenstein, Browning’s characters.)
Students read A Woman In Black by Susan Hill and complete creative writing based on murder, mystery and suspense. They complete a unit on the news and current affairs. They look at the voice of modern Britain (Brick Lane) and autobiography. They read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and study a play by William Shakespeare.
Key Stage 4
ENGLISH (single GCSE) and ENTRY LEVEL CERTIFICATE
What qualification will the course lead to? One single GCSE in English or Entry Level Qualification (Level 1 – Level 3)
Which Examination Board? AQA
A range of literary texts will be read and students will learn to write in a range of styles for different purposes and audiences. In addition, frequent opportunities will be given to develop greater confidence in spoken communication skills.
Emphasis is placed upon the importance of accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar; the development of vocabulary and the ability to organise and communicate ideas clearly.
How will students be assessed?
ENGLISH (single GCSE) - Higher and Foundation tiers
Examination (worth 60%) in Year 11
Understanding and Producing Non-Fiction Texts - students will answer questions based on a selection of media and non-fiction texts. They will also produce two pieces of independent writing.
Understanding and Producing Creative Texts (5 Controlled Assessment tasks worth 40%) in Year 10 and 11
Students will respond to 3 texts, one by Shakespeare, one from the English Literary Heritage and a text from a different culture. They are also required to produce 2 creative writing responses.
Speaking and Listening Skills: These are essential skills which will help students to communicate ideas clearly and successfully, which is an important part of English.
Pupils will be assessed on oral responses, including a presentation, a group discussion and a role play.
The total marks out of 45 will not go towards the GCSE in English and will be reported separately.
ENTRY LEVEL CERTIFICATE Levels 1-3
Students who find English particularly demanding will follow an Entry Level course:
Reading worth 40%
Writing worth 40%
Speaking and Listening worth 20%
There are 5 controlled assessment tasks for this course. Studentsmust show their understanding of literary and media texts and their ability to communicate independently in a range of written and spoken contexts. Each assessment is worth 20%. There is no external examination.
English Language and Literature
What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE in English Language and English Literature (2 GCSEs)
Which Examination Board? AQA
The courses provide opportunities for students to develop personal responses to a range of literary, media and non-fiction texts. Students learn to write in a range of styles for different purposes and audiences. Emphasis is placed upon 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.
How will students be assessed?
ENGLISH LANGUAGE - Higher and Foundation tiers
Unit 1: Written Examination (worth 60%) in Year 11
Understanding and Producing Non-Fiction Texts
Unit 2: Understanding Spoken and Written Texts and Writing Creatively (worth 40%) in Year 10 and 11
• An extended reading task worth 15%
• Two Creative Writing tasks worth 15%
A spoken Language study worth 10% Speaking and Listening Skills:
These are essential skills which help students to communicate ideas clearly and successfully, which is an important part of English. Students will be assessed on oral responses, including a presentation, a group discussion and a role play.The total marks out of 45 will not go towards the GCSE in English Language and will be reported separately.
ENGLISH LITERATURE - Higher and Foundation tiers
Unit 1: Written Examination worth 40% in Year 10Exploring Modern texts
Unit 2: Written Examination worth 35% in Year 10 Poetry Across Time
Unit 3: Controlled assessment tasks worth 25% in Year 10 and 11The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage - For this task you will study two texts and then:a) explore the ways in which the two writers have presented their ideasb) explore points of similarity you have noticed