English

Key Stage 3 

Years 7 and 8 have 5 periods of English per week. The KS3 English syllabus introduces students to a range pre-C19th and C19th literature, modern literature and non-fiction. It focuses on embedding the key GCSE reading, writing and spoken language skills from Year 7 to enable them to consolidate their application of skills at KS4.

A baseline, formative and summative assessment takes place each half-term to measure progress and provide clear and constructive feedback to enable students to develop their skills.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA English Literature and Language GCSEs. The links below are the AQA specifications, which you can download.

AQA GCSE English Language 

PAPER 1: EXPLORATIONS IN CREATIVE READING AND WRITING

What's assessed?
Section A: Reading
• One literature fiction text

Section B: Writing
• Descriptive or narrative writing

How is it assessed?
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 80 marks
• 50% of GCSE Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – one single text
• 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
• 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
• 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)
• 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

PAPER 2: WRITERS' VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVES

What’s assessed?
Section A: Reading
• One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing
• Writing to present a viewpoint

How is it assessed?
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 80 marks
• 50% of GCSE Questions Reading (40 marks)

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts
• 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
• 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
• 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)
• 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

AQA GCSE English Literature

PAPER 1: SHAKESPEARE AND THE 19TH-CENTURY NOVEL

How is it assessed?
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 64 marks
• 40% of GCSE

Questions
Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on ’Macbeth’. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on ‘A Christmas Carol’. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

 

PAPER 2: MODERN TEXTS AND POETRY

How is it assessed?
• Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes
• 96 marks
• 60% of GCSE

Questions
Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on An Inspector Calls

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the Power and Conflict anthology.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

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