English

 

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 Mrs Hislop Head of Department
 Mrs Adams  
 Miss Clare  
 Miss Franklin  
 Miss Granton  
 Miss McLeneghan 
 Ms Russell  Literacy Coordinator
 Mrs Salter  

Purpose of Study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Department for Education (Key Stage 3)

 

 

Curriculum Content Map

Subject Progress Guide for Parents

English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE: Dual award

English Language

This examination will assess a candidate’s ability to:

  • Identify and interpret information and ideas
  • Select and synthesise evidence from different texts
  • Explain, comment on, analyse and evaluate how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers
  • Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively
  • Organise information and ideas, selecting and adapting language, structure, tone and grammatical features for clarity, purpose and effect

This course is assessed by examination only.

 

Pupils will sit two papers, testing reading and writing, both of which are 1 hour and 45 minutes long. Each paper is worth 50% of the GCSE.

       Paper 1

  • Reading Section: 4 questions based on one literary fiction text. 40 marks
  • Writing Section: 1 descriptive or narrative writing task. 40 marks (24 marks are awarded for content. 16 marks are awarded for technical accuracy.)

      Paper 2

  • Reading Section: 4 questions exploring links between two texts. 40 marks
  • Writing Section: 1 writing task in which the candidate must write to express a point of view. 40 marks (24 marks are awarded for content. 16 marks are awarded for technical accuracy.)

English Literature

This examination will assess a candidate’s ability to:

  • Read, understand and respond to texts
  • Analyse language, form and structure
  • Understand relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written
  • Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect

This course is assessed by examination only. Pupils will study whole texts comprising of a Shakespeare play, a nineteenth century novel, a modern play and a selection of poetry. Pupils will sit two examinations.

Paper 1 is 1 hour and 45 minutes long. It is worth 40% of the overall examination mark and comprises of two questions:

  • Shakespeare: one question (34 marks)
  • Nineteenth century novel: one question (34 marks)

Paper 2 is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. It is worth 60% of the overall examination mark and comprises of three questions:

  • Modern texts: one question (34 marks)
  • Studied poetry comparison: one question (30 marks)
  • Unseen poetry comparison (32 marks)

Home Study

Project English is a structured programme to support pupils who need to focus and secure their basic English skills.  The programme has online tests so pupils can track their progress.

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