English


Head of Department: Mrs A Bezzer


Year 9 (KS3)

Aims:

  • To embed and introduce topics and skills that students will come across at KS4 and KS5 level (and beyond) in a supportive and creative environment.
  • To encourage students to have a passion and curiosity for learning.
  • To develop students who are not afraid to fail – who dare to dream, and are equipped with the confidence and resilience they will need in order to be successful not only at KS4 and KS5 level, but in their lives outside of school.

Course Outline:

We cover a wide range of topics and skills over the course of the Y9 curriculum. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Poetry from around the world
  • 19th century short stories
  • Shakespeare
  • Spoken language (oracy)

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Assessment Summary:

Assessment for students in Y9 is overseen by their class teacher/s. There will typically be one assessment per half-term, undertaken within classrooms; these assessments test a range of skills including reading, writing and spoken language. There is also an end of year exam, set and marked by the English department, which is undertaken in formal examination conditions.

Equipment/ Suggested Reading:

Students are recommended to attend every lesson equipped with at least one black pen, a ruler and a green pen. Coloured pens/ highlighters can also be useful.

There is no revision guide for Y9 students, although they are welcome to purchase a GCSE revision guide from the English department (via Parent Pay) for £5.50.

Career Relevance:

Having a firm and secure grasp of the English language, and being able to confidently explore and engage with a range of literature texts from both the past and present, is of vital importance in our modern world. Students who work hard in their English lessons – whatever their starting point – will find that they develop not only a wide knowledge base, but also a variety of transferable skills that will serve them well wherever their future pathways lead.

 


Years 10 & 11 (KS4)

English at Stratton leads to two GCSEs. One in GCSE English Language and the other in GCSE English Literature.

GCSE English Language enables students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately. This course is assessed through two examinations at the end of the course. There is no coursework component for this subject.

English Literature will enable all students to develop their reading and analytical skills through the study of a range of texts from different time periods. This course is assessed through two examinations at the end of the course. There is no coursework component for this subject.

It is expected that almost all students will study both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

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English Language – AQA

All texts in the examination will be unseen.

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • What is assessed? Section A: Reading one literature fiction text Section B: Writing descriptive or narrative writing
  • Assessment: 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 is assessed? Section A: Reading one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text Section B: Writing writing to present a viewpoint
  • Assessment: Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 80 marks 50% of GCSE
  • Questions: 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)

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

  • What is assessed? (AO7–AO9) – presenting, responding to questions and feedback, use of Standard English
  • Assessment: Teacher set throughout course, marked by teacher, separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

Years 12 & 13 (KS5)

Please see Sixth Form Course Guide for information


Additional information

Here are some of the trips we have previously run in English:

Theatre trips to Othello, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blood Brothers, The Thirty-Nine Steps, A View From the Bridge, An Inspector Calls
London: The Globe, The Tate, The Tate Modern
Debating Competitions
Dickens’ World
A Level lecture days
AQA’s GCSE Poetry Live event