English

 

Year 7 and 8

Intent

In Year 7 and 8 students’ study of English is organised thematically.  Within these themes, students will cover a wide range of texts and will be assessed on reading, writing and spoken language throughout the term.  Students are actively encouraged to read widely for pleasure; this is supported through a fortnightly reading lesson, visits to the Library, as well as through extra-curricular activities such as: Book Club. As well as ongoing assessment, students will sit a more formal end of unit examination at the end of each half- term.

Implementation

Year 7

Literary Heritage: Students will be exploring our Literary Heritage.  They will have the opportunity to study extracts from literature from a wide range of eras, from Beowulf through to more contemporary writing.  There will be a number of opportunities for students to write in a range of forms as well as to develop their speaking and listening skills.

Non-Fiction reading and writing: In this unit students will explore the characteristics of a range of non-fiction texts.  They will carry out a close investigation of language and structure in a range of texts in order to develop their analytical reading skills. There will also be opportunities to write in a wide range of forms throughout the unit.

Poetry: Students will explore a wide range of poetry. They will have opportunities to develop their analytical reading skills as well as writing analytically.  There will also be opportunities to write creatively as well as to perform their own poetry.

Post 1914 Fiction: Students will explore a post 1914 fiction text in detail.  They will have opportunities to develop their analytical reading skills as well as writing analytically.  There will also be opportunities to write creatively as well.

Year 8

Shakespeare and Transactional Writing: In this unit students will study A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. This unit is combined with Transactional Writing, allowing students to explore a range of text types, such as: letters; newspaper and magazine articles; reports and journals. They will have opportunities to develop their analytical reading skills as well as writing creatively. 

Non-Fiction reading: In this unit students will explore the characteristics of a range of non-fiction texts.  They will carry out a close investigation of language and structure in a range of texts in order to develop their analytical reading skills.

Poetry: Students will explore a wide range of poetry. They will have opportunities to develop their analytical reading skills as well as writing analytically.  There will be a focus on seen and unseen poetry to help prepare them for their GCSEs.

19th Century fiction and Imaginative writing: Students will develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th-century fiction extracts. They will also use these as models to help develop their own imaginative writing.

Intent

Here at Churchmead we run a three year GCSE, which allows students to: study texts and skills in depth; consolidate learning through revisiting texts and revision and allows more opportunities to iron out any problems. We currently follow the Edexcel Specification for GCSE English Language and English Literature, which results in students gaining 2 GCSEs. Please see below for an overview of the exam.

Implementation

English Language

English Literature

Component 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing

40% of the total GCSE

 

  • Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th-century fiction extract.

 

  • Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract.

 

The total number of marks available is 64.

 

Assessment duration 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914

Literature 50% of the total GCSE

  • Section A – Shakespeare: a two-part question, with the first task focused on an extract of approximately 30 lines. The second task is focused on how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.

 

  • Section B – Post-1914 British play or novel: ONE essay question.

 

The total number of marks available is 80.

Assessment duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Closed book (texts are not allowed in the examination).

 

Component 2: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing

60% of the total GCSE

 

  • Section A – Reading: questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts.

 

  • Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.

 

The total number of marks available is 96.

 

Assessment duration: 2 hours.

 

Component 2: 19th-century Novel and Poetry since 1789

50% of the total GCSE

 

  • Section A – 19th-century novel: a two part question, with the first part focussed on an extract of approximately 400 words. The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.

 

  • Section B – Part 1: ONE question comparing a named poem from the Pearson Poetry Anthology collection to another poem from that collection. The named poem will be shown in the question paper. Part 2: ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.

 

The total number of marks available is 80.

Assessment duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Closed book (texts are not allowed in the examination).

 

 

Spoken Language Endorsement

0% of the total GCSE

● The component is internally assessed under controlled conditions, and externally monitored by Pearson.

● Candidates must undertake a prepared spoken presentation on a specific topic in a formal setting, listen and respond to questions and feedback, and use spoken English effectively.

● There are no marks for the Spoken Language endorsement. Students are awarded a grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

 

Impact

Personal and professional fulfillment.

Ask just about any teacher, lawyer, judge, banker, account executive, creative director, actor, curator, editor, journalist, poet, critic, social worker, librarian, counsellor, or politician: English students acquire skills that make them a valuable addition to a range of professions.

5 reasons why English is important:

  1. Essential critical-thinking skills - learn to think creatively, to solve problems, and to ask questions that get to the heart of the matter.
  2. Ability to recognise and respect alternative points of view -  learn to consider a variety of conflicting arguments as you study poems, plays, articles, and novels. In other words, studying literature helps make you fair-minded.

 

  1. The power of persuasion: written and spoken. Employers want people who can clearly and succinctly deliver a compelling message. Learn the most effective techniques of persuasion through class discussion and writing assignments.

 

  1. Invaluable insight into your world. It’s true. The study of literature incorporates history, sociology, theology, and philosophy, which encourage us to question and understand contemporary culture. Insight into literary characters fosters the ability to understand what a customer, patient, or student needs to make his or her life better.

 

  1. Pleasure. Of all the reasons, this is the most gratifying – the feelings that come with reading and discussing books that make you laugh and cry, books that help you understand yourself and others, books into which you can escape from the day-to-day pressures of life.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

A range of activities and extra- curriculum opportunities are made available to students, within the department, when learning key concepts and key processes. These include: theatre trips, cross-curricular opportunities; World book Day and Poetry Day; visiting authors and writers; readathon; poetry competitions; book groups and reading events.