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Subject Leader: Mrs E Leverett
Assistant Subject Leader and KS4 Coordinatior: Miss C Eastman
Pupil Engagement Coordinator: Mr R Beer
KS3 Coordinator: Miss J Pharaoh

KS4 

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 exam.

Pupils will be assessed by completing two exams both containing a reading and writing element. Each exam 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).
 

KS5 Courses

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 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 is an analytical investigation into how language is used accompanied by 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 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 exam.


Pupils will be assessed by completing two exams both containing a reading and writing element. Each exam 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: Writing around a set text
Term 2: Letter never sent, Poetry from other cultures
Term 3: Exploring the 19th Century fiction and non-fiction texts
Term 4: Romeo and Juliet, Creative Writing
Term 5: Examination Preparation, Developing a Viewpoint
Term 6: Modern Drama

Year 8

Term 1: Conflict poetry, Language for Impact
Term 2: Exploring Perspectives, Study of A Christmas Carol by Dickens
Term 3: Theme based language skills, Exam Preperation 
Term 4: The Gothic, Frankenstein - the Play
Term 5: Set Text
Term 6: Shakespeare

Year 9

Term 1: Dystopian Texts, Crafting Creative Writing
Term 2: Poetry Anthology, Developing Opinions
Term 3: 19th century fiction, Frankenstein
Term 4: 20th century fiction, Language Skills
Term 5: Macbeth, Shakespeare - Context
Term 6: Modern Drama - DNA, Writing using a stimulus

Year 10

Term 1: 19th Century Context, Reading Skills
Term 2: Writing Skills, Macbeth extract writing
Term 3; Developing Examination Techniques, 19th Century Texts
Term 4: Modern Drama and Evaluation
Term 5: Paper 2 Writing, Speaking and Listening
Term 6: Poetry anthology and unseen (Literature)

Year 11

Term 1: Anthology and unseen poetry, Language Paper 2 Preparation
Term 2: Modern Drama texts, Extract to Whole Text, Literature Paper 2 Preparation
Term 3: Language Paper 1 Skills, Poetry Skills
Term 4: Revision
Term 5: Revision

 

Sixth Form Provision

OCR GCE A Level English Language (from September 2015)

Content:

Component 1 – Exploring Language use

  • Language under the microscope - learning the linguistic frameworks for analysing language.
  • Writing about a topical issue on the way language is used.
  • Comparing and contrasting texts of spoken and written modes.

Component 2 – Dimensions of Language Use

  • Studying the development of how children learn to read and write.
  • Exploring concepts of how language is used in the media with a focus on power, gender and technology.
  • Exploring the development of the English language over the past 350 years.

Component 3 – Independent Language Research

  • Selecting an area of personal language interest
  • Collating and analysing data for language investigation.
  • Writing up investigation and drawing conclusions on how language is used.
  • Creating an academic poster summarising the findings from the investigation.

 

Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

KS3

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.

KS4

Study Guides: York Notes or CGP – A Christmas Carol / An Inspector Calls / DNA / Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde/ A Christmas Carol (dependent on99 texts studied).).
CGP Conflict Poetry Revision Guide
CGP GCSE AQA English Language for Grade 9-1 Course Revision Guide. (Excluding Year 11)

 

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

KS4 OSL - Every Tuesday Night in the Library
KS5 OSL - From January.