English

Curriculum overview

Year 7 – 2018 onwards

  1. Introduction to English – The Cabinet of Curiosities and the First Few to activate skills from KS2
  2. Poetry from other cultures
  3. Class novel and comprehension
  4. Grimm tales and the modern fairy tale
  5. The world of Shakespeare and Satire

Let’s Think in English: Year 7 – Lessons 1 to 10 (at least one lesson a month)

 

Shakespeare Plays

  • A Mid-summer Night’s Dream
  • Julius Caesar

Year 8 – 2018 onwards

  1. Gothic Horror and the style of the genre.
  2. Detective and Raymond Chandler
  3. Play study: Shakespeare  – The Tempest
  4. War…what is it good for? Exploration into expression of thoughts and feelings during wartime.
  5. Non-Fiction and fake news media unit.

Let’s Think in English: Lessons – 11 to 23

 

Novels

  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • Gothic extracts

Year 9 – 2018 onwards

  1. A view from the Bridge
  2. Of Mice and Men
  3. Unseen fiction strategy- comprehension and analysis
  4. Unseen non-fiction strategy – comprehension and analysis
  5. Text world theory – how do we link new knowledge to ourselves and the world around us?
  6. Introduction to GCSE Poetry Anthology (Edexcel)

AQA GCSE – Year 10 ONLY (FROM SEPTEMBER 2019)

English Language and English Literature Assessment Structure

English language paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

50% of the total GCSE (80 marks)

 1 hour 45 minutes

What’s assessed

  • Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text
  • Section B: Writing – descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2 – Writers’  viewpoints and perspectives

50% of the total GCSE  (80 marks)

1 hour 45 minutes

What’s Assessed

  • Section A : Reading exam – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
  • Section B : Writing exam – writing to present a viewpoint

Spoken Language

What’s Assessed (AO7 – AO9)

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of Standard English

Assessed

  • teacher set throughout course
  • marked by teacher
  • separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

English Literature Paper 1

What’s Assessed

How it’s Assessed

40% of the total GCSE (64 marks)

Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Questions

  • Section A Shakespeare : students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
    Section B The 19th – Century Novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

English Literature Paper 2

What’s Assessed

How it’s Assessed 

60% of the total GCSE (96 marks)

Written Exam: 2 hours 15 minutes

Questions

  • Section A  Modern texts : students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
  • Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.
  • Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

Edexcel GCSE – Year 11 ONLY

English Language and English Literature Assessment Structure

EDEXCEL GCSE

100% exams

Paper 1 – Fiction and Imaginative writing

40% of the total GCSE     (64 marks)

1 hour 45 minutes

What’s Assessed

  • Shakespeare plays
  • The 19th-century novel

Questions

  • Section A Shakespeare : students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
  • Section B The 19th-century novel:students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2 – Non – fiction and Transactional writing

60% of the total GCSE    (96 marks)

2 hours

  • Section A – Reading exam
    Questions on two thematically linked, unseen 20th and 21st century non-fiction extracts.
  • Section B –Writing exam

A choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.

Edexcel Assessment of Spoken Language

(Compulsory requirement of the course study)

AO7 – Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8 – Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback to presentations

AO9– Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations

Paper 1 – Shakespeare and Post–1914 Literature (British play or novel)

1 hour 45 minutes

50% of the total GCSE (80 marks)

(Closed book exam – texts are not allowed in the examination)

  • 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.
    E.g. Part 1: Extract response, Part 2: Theme essay (linked to the extract)
  • Section B – Post 1914 British play or novel ( one essay question)

Paper 2 – 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789

2 hours 15 minutes

50% of the total GCSE (80 marks)

(Closed book exam – texts are not allowed in the examination)

  • Section A – 19th century novel
    A two part question, with the first part focused on an extract of approximately 400 words. The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.
    E.g. Part 1: Extract response, Part 2:  Essay question exploring the whole text
  • Section B – Poetry Anthology and unseen poetry
    Part 1Anthology collection: one question comparing a named poem from the anthology to another poem from that collection.
    Part 2Unseen poetry: one question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.

Mr D. Ndlovu
Head of English
d.ndlovu@cranbourne.hants.sch.uk

Miss V. Phin
Second In English

Mrs L. Saunders
Lead teacher of English

Mr J. Richens
English and Head of Media

Mrs H. Hockley
English teacher

Ms G. Cullen
HLTA English