English

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

The key stage 3 curriculum aims to expose students to a wide range of literary writing styles over years 7 and 8. Pupils will be encouraged to use this writing as an inspiration to produce a variety of texts of their own.

Over the two years, the students will study the following units:

  • Year 7
    • BUCHS Baseline Assessments – an adaptive online reading comprehension assessment, a spelling test and an analytical reading assessment on an unseen passage
    • Writing for Purpose - Argue and Persuade
    • Extended study of a Novel: 1 (Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo or Wonder by RJ Palacio or 'The Lion, theWitch and the Wardrobe' by CS Lewis)
    • Creative Writing - Descriptive and Narrative
    • Presentations of children in writing (Pre 19th century to present day)
    • Poetry - Ballards ('The Lady of Shalott' and 'The Highwayman')
    • An introduction to Shakespeare
  • Year 8
    • Extended study of a Novel: 2 (Animal Farm by George Orwell or 'Refugee Boy' by Benjamin Zephaniah)
    • Reading non-fiction
    • War Poetry
    • KS4 writing skills: Writing for genre, purpose and audience
    • Gothic literature
    • Extended study of a Shakespeare play ('Romeo and Juliet')

 

Learning/Teaching Approach

Over the course of the two years, pupils will develop their ability to clearly evaluate texts carefully considering the ways in which a writer's methods or techniques might affect the reader. They will build upon the ability to compare writing and consider the ways in which context influences texts. Additionally, pupils will focus on improving their accuracy in a range of different writing styles.

Assessment

Students will be assessments in a range of skills:

  • Structuring a developed piece of writing
  • Communicating points and ideas in consistent and convincing manner
  • Identifying and interpreting writers' ideas.
  • Using well selected evidence to analyse language and structure and its effect.
  • Comparing writers' ideas and perspectives.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of complex grammatical structures.

 

Key Stage 4

Qualification

English Language GCSE

Exam Board and Syllabus

AQA 8700

Programme of Study

Students read a wide range of non-fiction texts and learn how to analyse the way a writer's language choices create shades of meaning. They practise writing in a variety of genres. Particular attention is paid to the accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as encouraging students to vary their vocabulary and sentence structures. Students also study literary texts and take part in a range of speaking and listening activities.

Learning/Teaching Approach

A wide range of approaches are used including whole class and group discussion, student presentations and drama focussed activities. To achieve a high grade, students also need to devote a large amount of private study to reading and writing tasks.

Assessment

Two exam papers of 1 hour and 45 minutes each; each paper is worth 50% of the total GCSE.

  • Paper 1 focuses on students' understanding of creative reading and writing and tests their knowledge of the writer's craft, language and structure. The exam paper consists of one unseen extract from any given fictional piece, followed by 4 questions. Students are also required to write creatively on either a given image or theme.
  • Paper 2 is a media/ non-fiction based paper. Students are provided with two unseen extracts and are then given 4 questions to answer, one of which will be a comparison of the texts. The second part of the paper requires students to write for a specific purpose: explain, argue, persuade or describe.

 

What it leads to

Students develop important literacy skills which underpin all other studies and give them a firm foundation for higher education and working life. They become more confident in presenting their ideas through a range of media. The course provides an excellent grounding for students who wish to study English at A level.

Additional Points

All texts for both exam papers are unseen.
All pupils will complete a speaking and listening task; this is not graded as part of the GCSE, but will gain a pass, merit or distinction grade.

Tier of Entry

 

Single Tier.


Key Stage 4

Qualification

English Literature GCSE

Exam Board and Syllabus

AQA 8702

Programme of Study

Students read a wide range of literary texts and learn how to analyse the way a writer's language choices create shades of meaning. They study a significant number of poems, a play by Shakespeare, a nineteenth century novel and a modern novel or play.

Learning/Teaching Approach

A wide range of approaches are used including whole class and group discussion, student presentations and drama focussed activities. To achieve a high grade, students also need to devote a large amount of private study to reading and writing tasks.

Assessment

Two exam papers:

 

 

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes. This paper comprises one Shakespeare question and one question on a 19th century novel. Both sections of the paper will provide students with an extract from the text they have studied which they will then respond to.
  • Paper 2: 2 hours 15 minutes. This paper is made up of 3 sections: modern texts, poetry (based on an anthology) and unseen poetry. Students will be asked to answer questions on theme, writer's craft and language. The anthology-based question will be a comparative task.

 

 

What it leads to

Through studying Literature students develop critical thinking skills and the ability to present their ideas in a confident and coherent manner. Developing an appreciation of literature gives students a life-long interest in this rich resource.

Students develop important literacy skills which underpin all other studies and give them a firm foundation for higher education and working life. The course provides an excellent grounding for students who wish to study English Literature at 'A' level.

Additional Points

Texts for study will be decided by the English Department.

Tier of Entry

Single Tier.