English

  • Mr D Nelson

  • Mrs F Corry

  • Mrs K McCrory

  • Mrs N Maguire

  • Mr D Nelson

  • Mrs F Corry

  • Mrs K McCrory

  • Mrs N Maguire

English is for all. It is the right of each student who enters our school to experience an environment which develops their language skills in a secure and comfortable arena.

Every student will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills through the study of English. Through Reading and Writing, they will gain knowledge, understanding, pleasure, a sense of values and an ability to express their own feelings.

Through Speaking and Listening, pupils will engage with topical issues, alongside developing the ability to articulate their own feelings on a range of issues. Pupils will talk to teachers, in discussions, and in presentations.

Through English, pupils should leave school ready to encounter and confidently examine issues affecting them. Each child should be in possession of the skills to debate, discuss and challenge ideas, theories and issues which present themselves.

What will I study?

At Key Stage 3 language and literature are taught together. Students are taught to appreciate and produce language in a variety of contexts. Poetry, prose and media texts form an integral part of our teaching schemes. Pupils have six periods of English each week.

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Term 1: Novel

Term 2: Poetry

Term 3: Short Stories

Term 1: Novel

Term 2: Poetry

Term 3: Short Stories & Media Unit ‘What’s on the Box?’

 

Term 1: Novel

Term 2: Poetry

Term 3: Non-fiction and Media Texts

How will I be assessed?

Students will complete formal assessment in June, with formative assessment throughout the year in the form of written tasks, reading exercises, and speaking and listening tasks.

Useful links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv 

Students follow the CCEA Syllabus for GCSE English Language, with some students studying English Literature. Students undertake a range of Controlled Assessment tasks in Year 11 and Year 12, before completing terminal examinations at the end of Year 12.

What will I study?

Students will study one text as part of their Written Language requirement. They will study a range of Spoken Language material in preparation for their Spoken Language task. In planning for their terminal exams, they will examine a series of non-fiction and multi-modal texts.

How will I be assessed?

What is it? When is it? How much is it worth?
Unit 1: Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts Terminal Exam Year 12 20%
Unit 2: Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction Terminal Exam Year 12 20%
Speaking and Listening Continuous Assessment 20%
Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Unit 4: Controlled Assessment
Task 1: The Study of Spoken Language Sept-Nov Year 12 10%
Task 2: The Study of Written Language Sept-Dec Year 11 15%
Task 3: Writing Creatively Jan-March Year 11 15%

Every year some pupils are entered into Essential Skills as an alternative qualification if they are not able to access the GCSE course.

Why should I do this qualification?

You’ll gain a national qualification.

You can learn at your own pace.

You can learn in a group or on your own.

You’ll be given help to plan and present your work.

The tasks are learner-friendly and relevant to real life.

If you don’t pass a task, you can take a different task.

There’s lots of support available to you.

It’s never too late to learn

Useful links

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/english_language/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z98jmp3

http://ccea.org.uk/qualifications/past_papers_mark_schemes/gcse

 

 

English Literature?

For students who have excelled in GCSE English, they may pursue the study of English Literature. This A-Level is examined thematically. At AS Level, students study World War 1 literature, while at A2, students study ‘Love Through the Ages’.

  Year 13 Year 14
Unit 1: 2 hour written exam (30% of A-Level)  
Unit 2: Two tasks: one on prose text, one on drama text (20% of A-Level)  
Unit 3:   2h 30mins written exam (30% of A-Level)
Unit 4:    Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study (20% of A-Level)

 

Useful links

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-2740/spec-at-a-glance

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712/assessment-resources

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/english-literature/wuthering-heights/revise-it/plot-summary