English

Key Stage 3 

Intent

In Key Stage 3, pupils are working towards mastering knowledge and skills set against a range of Age Related Expectations.
In Key Stage 4, pupils are working towards AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA English Literature (8702).

Implementation

In English, pupils with have six 50 minutes lesson each week in Year 7, six in Year 8 and six in Year 9. Pupils will receive one piece of homework each week.

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How the Department is supporting pupils during the Pandemic

When students returned in September, we carried out a number of tests for handwriting, spelling, grammar and dedicated two weeks to carrying out a baseline assessment in English, to identify the main strengths and areas of development for each class. Since the, we have made adjustments to our topics of study and all teachers are now setting students specific, targeted, work on SAM Learning to help them catch up with any gaps in their knowledge. We are also introducing weekly spelling tests for all students from Autumn 2.

How the Department assesses its pupils to ensure success

All teachers carried out baseline assessments and are regularly looks at work to identify main areas where gaps need to be filled.

How the subject prepares pupils in their future lives

In English, we are always thinking of the future and how our studies will impact us in the future. Whether or not a student decides to carry on studying English after their GCSEs, the fact remains that being able to read, write and communicate clearly and effectively is an essential life skill required in every aspect of life and work.

We focus a lot of effort on ensuring students build their inference skills, group work and team work skills, confidence, speaking and presenting clearly, to help prepare them for life after school.

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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