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English

Teacher of English: Sharon Wisdom- swisdom@stpetersindependent.org.uk

 

KS3

English is a compulsory part of the curriculum at KS3 with five forty-five minute lessons each week.
Forms 1, 2 and 3 study a range of fiction texts including prose, drama and poetry . Each form group study a Shakespeare play, a complete novel, short stories and poetry both modern and from the literary heritage. They also develop their Speaking and Listening skills.
In Key Stage 3 they learn the writing skills needed in order to succeed at GCSE level. Focus is placed on developing an analytical approach when answering Reading questions and a creative approach when answering Writing questions.

GCSE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

Students follow the AQA English Language Specification (8700)

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Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Writing

What is assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing

How it is assessed

  • 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(SPaG))

 

Paper 2: Writer’s 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

How it is Assessed

  • 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(SPaG))

 

Non-Examination Assessment-Spoken Language

What is assessed

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

How it is assessed

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

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Students follow the AQA English Literature Specification (8702)

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Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th Century Novel

What is assessed

  • A Play by William Shakespeare.

We study Macbeth.

  •  The 19th-Century novel.

We study Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”

How it is assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Questions

Section A: Shakespeare:

Students will answer one question on “Macbeth”. 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, “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. 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: Modern Text and Poetry

What is assessed

  • Modern Prose or Drama Texts

We study: “An Inspector Calls” by J. B. Priestly

  • The Poetry Anthology

We study an Anthology of Poems known as “Power and Conflict”.

  • Unseen Poetry

Pupils will also be introduced to a wide selection of poems to prepare them for the “Unseen Poetry” section of this paper

How it is assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Questions

Section A: Modern Texts

Students will answer one essay question on “An Inspector Calls”.

Section B: Poetry

Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the “Power and Conflict” 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.