English holds a central place in the curriculum as language is power: it underpins all learning. We aim for our students to develop critical awareness, the ability to craft their writing, an appreciation of literature, and the confidence to articulate their ideas. We use language and literature to explore and nurture life skills such as resilience, self-expression and creativity. Students will become more empathetic and tolerant through encountering a range of texts that allow students to think beyond their own time and place. Through the subjects offered by the English department, our students will be empowered to explore, understand and question the world, people, and themselves.
The English Key Stage Three curriculum has been developed to not only prepare students for their studies at Key Stage Four and Five, but also to kindle a love and passion for the subject that will last students a lifetime. Encompassing a huge range of topics and skills, students will be reading classic literature such as Shakespeare to modern classics such as Private Peaceful and Woman in Black. We encourage and enable our students to be critical, creative and conceptual.En-57
The English Language course we study has been designed to inspire and motivate students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring, as far as possible, that the assessment and texts are accessible to the full range of students.
The specification 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 century time periods as well as developing their ability to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification Title: English Language
Qualification Specification Code: 8700
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the AQA webpage for the specification.
English Language is a mandatory course to study at GCSE because it is crucial for every other subject that you study, and for your career path.
Students will need Grade 4 or above in English Language to continue in further education.
Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas.
Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.
AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.
AO5:Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
Paper 1 (50%): Explorations in creative reading and writing
80 marks in total.
The aim of this paper is to engage students in a creative text and inspire them to write creatively themselves by:
• in section A, reading a literature fiction text in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers. This section is worth 40 marks.
• in section B, writing their own creative text, inspired by the topic that they have responded to in section A to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image. This section is worth 40 marks.
Paper 2 (50%): Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives
80 marks in total.
The aim of this paper is to develop students’ insights into how writers have particular viewpoints and perspectives on issues or themes that are important to the way we think and live our lives. It will encourage students to demonstrate their skills by:
• in section A, reading two linked sources from different time periods and genres in order to consider how each presents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader. This section is worth 40 marks.
• in section B, producing a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form in which they give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced to them in section A. This section is worth 40 marks.
NEA: Spoken Language Assessment
All students will give a short speech on a topic of their choice, which will be agreed with their class teacher. This will be performed in class and recorded to be sent to the exam board.
This is a marked component and students will receive a grade: fail, pass, merit, distinction, however this does not affect students overall English Language grade.
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Think about all the times you tell someone about something. In effect, you are telling a story. Why do you tell the story in the way you do? What do you keep in and why? What do you leave out and why? This applies not just to the way we tell stories, but how we present our ideas and attitudes. Many factors affect how people tell stories or present their ideas. Building on the knowledge and skills developed in your GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, we will analyse in depth and detail how and why people tell stories – in the broadest sense – by looking at a variety of fictional and non-fictional texts including Shakespeare. You will be expected to engage in a considerable amount of independent reading and be willing to take the initiative when exploring how writers use language to present their ideas and attitudes.
Provide students with the opportunity to
explore an academic range of texts and skills that will help with careers and
higher study in English/Film/ Media and the wider curriculum. Educate students
to be able to engage critically with texts on an exploratory and analytical
level. Support students in being able to manage time and organisational
elements with research, essay writing and extended projects (in particular the
NEA). Inspire students to become adults who are curious about the world and
willing to challenge ideas. Promote independent learning in the subject area
and beyond. Enable students to become sophisticated and effective
communicators. Using the curricula, introduce new concepts; build on prior
learning to revisit and improve skills; promote the development of all three
literacy strands; explicitly promote stretch and challenge through the years.
All this is underpinned with personalised assessment and targeted feedback,
aligned with key learning objectives. Inspire and enhance student understanding
further by offering extra-curricular opportunities, with a focus on extending
knowledge and experience, and encouraging personal investigation. Provide personalised
advice and guidance to support students’ wider learning and aspirations beyond
Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification Title: English Language and Literature
Qualification Specification Code: 9EL0
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel webpage for the specification.
Standard Sixth Form entry requirements plus a strong enjoyment of independent reading and writing.
Apart from degrees in English Literature, and Linguistics, this course will also support your understanding and appreciation of whatever subject you choose to study. Most obviously, the course will suit students interested in pursuing the following careers: the Creative Industries, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, and Journalism. However, the course will develop your ability to write and think with greater understanding – a skill that underpins everything you will do in whatever course or career you choose.
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