English

English Language & Literature

The English curriculum aims to equip our students with the skills to enquire, question, explore and evaluate methods of communication across a range of literary contexts. English across KS4 is reinforced by the facilitation of discussion and exploration of texts from the late 16th Century to the present day; engaging students with a wide variety of complex themes, ideas, characters and concepts which will extend their current world view. Within the study of English, students will question, analyse and evaluate the methods that writers and speakers use to present their views and perspectives, responding to these ideas using their personal ideas and opinions. Through a curriculum with a deliberate focus on expanding students’ vocabulary, students are actively encouraged to experiment with the application and use of sophisticated language and terminology throughout their studies- refining and honing their selection of appropriate and impactful vocabulary within their personal communication. By the end of KS4 pupils will be able to master a wide range of arguments about the set GCSE texts. They will do this by using text-specific knowledge, exploration of language effects and the development of their own opinions about a whole text. This will be demonstrated through extended essay writing in response to whole texts and extracts. Verbally they will be confident in communicating formally in front of an “audience”. In terms of their own writing they will be able to write at length, developing well-structured texts that develop ideas, using language, structure and punctuation to create desired effects.

English Literature

Students will learn skills that will help them to respond to texts with imagination and sensitivity.

GCSE English Literature focuses on five main skills:

  • Responding to texts critically and imaginatively.
  • Analysing language, structure and form.
  • Making comparisons between texts.
  • Exploring the historical and social influences on texts.
  • Written communication.

There are two examinations for English Literature GCSE.

GCSE English Literature Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel – 1 hour 45 minutes

For Paper 1, students study the following texts:

Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth’

19th Century Novel – ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ by R.L Stevenson

40% (64 marks)

GCSE English Literature Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry – 2 hours 15 minutes

Modern Texts – ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell

Power and Conflict poetry

Unseen poetry

60% (96 marks)

English Language

Students’ reading will include a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and literary non-fiction. Students will also practise close reading and will respond to non-fiction by analysing, for example, newspapers or leaflets. Writing is an important skill and is assessed in each examination. Students will write for a number of different audiences and in a variety of styles as preparation for the exams. Students will be required to write creatively and persuasively. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are also assessed in the writing sections of the examinations.

The Spoken Language endorsement requires students to give a presentation to the rest of their class. This assessment is a separately endorsed and does not form part of the English Language grade, instead students will receive a separate grade on their examination certificate; students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

There are two examinations for English Language GCSE.

GCSE English Language Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – 1 hour 45 minutes

2 sections – reading and writing

Reading – 50% (40 marks)

One C20th literary fiction text

4 questions

Writing – 50% (40 marks)

1 extended writing question (choice of 2, often a picture stimulus)

Descriptive or narrative writing

16 marks for technical accuracy 24 marks for content

GCSE English Language Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – 1 hour 45 minutes

2 sections – reading and writing

Reading – 50% (40 marks)

Two texts – C21st non-fiction text and a C19th non-fiction text.

4 questions

Writing – 50% (40 marks)

1 extended writing question

Non-fiction writing task

16 marks for technical accuracy 24 marks for content.

Curriculum Map

Term

Year 10 English Literature

Year 11 English Language

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Drama

Blood Brothers

English Literature Paper 2a: Modern Texts

 

The main focus will be on understanding the play and the context in which it is set. Students will analyse each scene closely, examine Russell’s language and his techniques of plot and character creation.

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

Assessment: Presentation of a character or theme from the text.

 

Language Paper 1 Fiction and Imaginative Writing

 

Students will be exposed to a range of 19th century fiction texts from a range of different contexts.  They will focus on developing their skills in creative writing and will be given opportunities to explore how writers establish setting, develop character and construct a successful plot.

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations

AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

 

 

 

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Poetry Conflict

Power and Conflict

English Literature Paper 2 b & C: Poetry

 

Students will learn how 15 poems from the ‘Conflict’ section are structured and how meaning shaped. They will learn how to select a variety of points, ranging from structural features to linguistic choices.

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

 

Assessment: Comparative essay of a given poem with a second poem from the poetry anthology.

 

Language Paper 2 Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing

 

Students will explore a range of non-fiction texts written in the 19th, 20th and 21st century and will focus on comparing and making links between them. They will focus on how the writers’ use language and structure to convey their ideas and evaluate the impact and effect of it. Students will focus on developing their skills in writing their own non-fiction texts. These will include: letters, speeches, reports, articles, blogs, etc. They will explore the key features of each genre and be taught how to adapt their writing for different audiences and purposes.

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

 

WB 25/11/2019 – Students will sit a mock exam – June 2019 Language Paper 1 & 2

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Prose 19th Century Fiction:

Jekyll and Hyde

ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 1B: 19TH CENTURY NOVEL

 

The main focus will be on understanding the novella. Students will analyse each scene closely, examine Stevenson’s language and his techniques of plot and character development.

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts. 

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

 

Assessment: Presentation of a character or theme from the text. Students have to compare presentation of the character or theme in an extract compared to the wider text.

 

Language Paper 1 Fiction and Imaginative Writing

 

Students will understand how to deconstruct other unseen 19th century texts, identifying relevant information, analyse structure/ language and evaluate the text. They will also create their own piece of imaginative writing and practise their speaking and listening presentations.

 

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations

AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

 

31/01/2020 – S&L Presenting English Lang

WB 10/02/2020 – Students will sit a mock exam – Nov 2019 Language Paper 1 & 2

4

 

 

 

Shakespeare

Macbeth

ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 1A: SHAKESPEARE

 

The main focus will be on understanding the text, with detailed attention to Shakespeare’s language, imagery, and rhetoric, alongside the play’s themes and dramatic construction/ context. 

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

Assessment: Presentation of a character or theme from the text. Students have to compare presentation of the character or theme in an extract compared to the wider text.

Language Paper 2 Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing

 

Students will be given one 20th century text and one 21st century text that have a similar theme. They will need to deconstruct the texts and find similarities/differences. Students will also create their own piece of transactional writing.

 

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

 

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Revision of GCSE Literature.

 

GCSE Exams:

Shakespeare and the 19th century novel 1h 45m 13 May 2020 am

Modern texts and poetry 2h 15m 21 May 2020 am

Revision of GCSE Language

 

 

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Language Paper 1 Fiction and Imaginative Writing

 

Students will understand how to deconstruct an unseen 19th century text. Students will learn how to identify relevant information, analyse structure/ language and evaluate the text. Students will also create their own piece of imaginative writing and begin planning and preparing speaking and listening presentation for the Spoken Language element of the course.

 

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

GCSE Exams:

Explorations in creative reading and writing 1h 45m 02 June 2020 am

Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives 1h 45m 05 June 2020 am

Non-exam assessment: Spoken language submit by 07 May 2020