In Y10-11 students follow the AQA specifications for English Language and English Literature. This includes the study of a Shakespeare play, 19th century prose, a modern drama/novel, selected poetry and various non-fiction texts. Students must develop writing skills over a number of genres, notably literary criticism as well as descriptive/narrative. Finally, they will be assessed on Spoken Language, a requirement of the course though this does not contribute to their overall GCSE grades. Final assessment is as follows:
|Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing||Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives||Non-examination Assessment – Spoken Language|
|Exam – 1 hour 45 mins - 50% of GCSE||Exam – 1 hour 45 mins - 50% of GCSE||Teacher set task. Marked by teacher. Separate endorsement - 0% of GCSE|
|Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th -- -century novel||Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry|
|Exam – 1 hour 45 mins - 40% of GCSE||Exam – 2 hours 15 mins - 60% of GCSE|
|Section A: Shakespeare
||Section A: Modern texts
As expected, homework for KS4 will focus on developing skills which will not only improve their English standards, but will also best prepare them for the examinations they will face at the end of Y11.
We hope to offer similar enrichment to KS3, but building on this with targeted examination courses/conferences.