English

English – Vision

Within English, we strive to enthuse and enable all learners to communicate effectively orally and in writing. We want them to broaden their horizon and cultural capital by studying a range of texts- novels, poems, plays- and by exploring themes and issues from different periods in time.

KS3 The topics we study are:

Year 7

-Legends and myths

-Victorian literature: Black Beauty

-Children: comparing texts

-Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

-Modern text: Poppies/ Free!

-Poetry from various cultures

 

Year 8

-Victorian Literature: Frankenstein

-Nature: analysing structure of texts

-Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing

-Modern text: Of Mice and Men

-Poetry from WW1

-Subverted fairytales

 

Year 9

-Poetry about love and relationships

-Victorian literature: A Christmas Carol

-Horror genre: Stephen King extracts

-Modern text: Lord of the Flies

-Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

-Spoken language: speech writing

KS4 English Language and English Literature

GCSE

Examination Board:

AQA

Assessment:

100% Examination

GCSE English Language

Paper 1 = 50% of the overall GCSE – 80 marks – 1 hour 45 minutes

Section A: Students will answer 4 questions on a literary fiction Text. These questions will increase in difficulty and length.

Section B: Students will answer one extended writing question in which they will be asked to DESCRIBE or NARRATE. 40% of this mark will be awarded for technical accuracy.

Paper 2 = 50% of the overall GCSE – 80 marks – 1 hour 45 minutes

Section A: Students will answer 4 questions on a literary fiction Text (pre 1900) AND a literary non‐fiction text.

Section B: Students will answer one extended writing question in which they will be asked to write PRESENTING A VIEWPOINT. Again 40% of this mark will be awarded for technical accuracy.

 

GCSE English Literature

Paper 1 = 40% of the overall GCSE – 64 marks – 1 hour 45 minutes

Section A: Students will answer a question on an extract from Romeo and Juliet OR Macbeth by William Shakespeare. They will need to refer to the whole play and also to the context in which it was written.

Section B: Students will answer a question on an extract from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. They will need to refer to the whole novella and also to the context in which it was written.

Paper 2 = 60% of the overall GCSE – 96 marks – 2 hours 15 minutes

Section A: Students will answer one essay question out of a choice of 2 on An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley.

Section B Students will answer a comparative question on one named poem (printed on paper) and one other poem of their choice taken from the Power and Conflict OR Love and Relationships poetry cluster.

Section C: Students will answer one question on an Unseen Poem and then one question comparing this poem to a second unseen poem which is thematically linked.

English Language and English Literature will provide you with a wide range of experiences to improve your communication skills and your ability to read for meaning. Through the active study and analysis of fiction and non - fiction texts, you will learn how to decode messages from the writer and understand how language influences us as readers. You will study a variety of texts which include a modern play or novel, a wealth of literature from different times and cultures and a range of poems.

The GCSE specifications have changed quite dramatically in English over the last couple of years. Both English Language and Literature qualifications are comprised of 100% examination assessment.

 

The value of English Language and English Literature (Career Pathways)

A new grade 5 (old grade C) in English is often the minimum requirement for many employers and college courses.

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