GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE - KS4
 

English Learning Journey

 

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader:  Mrs R Horner
Assistant Progress Leader:  Miss H Asran
Teaching Staff: Miss K. Higgs, Mrs M Lord, Mr R. Longson, Mrs K. Wood, Mrs A. Williams, Mrs M Dewhurst, Mrs G. Morrow
Link Governor: Dr R Foster

COURSE INFORMATION

Students will study both English Language and English Literature.

​English Language

  • 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction texts
  • Prose writing
  • Transactional writing
  • Persuasive writing
  • Spoken Language Endorsement

English Literature 

  •  A Shakespeare play (Romeo and Juliet)
  • A selection of poetry from 1789 to present
  • Post 1914 prose and drama (An Inspector Calls)
  • 19th Century prose (A Christmas Carol)

In English Language, students will develop skills in responding to texts critically, sensitively and in detail and consider different approaches to texts and alternative interpretations.

In English Literature, students will study literary heritage poetry and prose, contemporary prose and drama.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Students will be taught to analyse how language is used in different contexts and adapted to suit a different audience. They will be taught how to analyse a variety of texts and how to then emulate those styles in their own writing.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

 

English Language

  • Component 1 Exam (40%) - A 1 hour, 45-minute examination on 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing (40%)
  • Component 2 Exam (60%) - A 2-hour examination on 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing (60%)

 

English Literature

  • Component 1 Exam (40%) - A 2-hr examination on Shakespeare and Poetry (40%)
  • Component 2 Exam (60%) - A 2 hr 30-minute exam on Post-1914 Prose, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry (60%)

YEAR 10

   

TERM

UNIT OF STUDY

KEY SKILLS / LEARNING

Autumn

C1 Language
C2 Literature: A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

Critical reading, comprehension and evaluation of fiction texts; drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; producing clear and coherent narrative writing to imagine, explore and entertain; writing for impact.
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text.

Spring

C2 Language
C1 Literature: Romeo and Juliet & poetry

Critical reading, comprehension and evaluation of non-fiction texts; drawing inferences, comparing texts and justifying these with evidence; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; producing clear and coherent transactional writing; writing for impact.
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text and using accurate Standard English.

Summer

C1 Literature Romeo and Juliet & poetry
Spoken Language NEA

Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text and using accurate Standard English.
Present information and ideas; respond to spoken language; spoken Standard English

YEAR 11

   

Autumn

C1&2 Lang
C1&2 Lit

Critical reading, comprehension and evaluation of fiction and non-fiction texts; drawing inferences, comparing texts and justifying these with evidence; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; producing clear and coherent narrative and transactional writing; writing for impact.
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; comparing texts; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text and using accurate Standard English.

Spring

C1&2 Lang
C1&2 Lit

Critical reading, comprehension and evaluation of fiction and non-fiction texts; drawing inferences, comparing texts and justifying these with evidence; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; producing clear and coherent narrative and transactional writing; writing for impact.
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; comparing texts; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text and using accurate Standard English.

Summer

All Units revisited

 

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Theatre Trips
  • Visiting theatre companies
  • Guest speakers/writers
  • Lunchtime and after school clubs
  • Revision and Booster clubs
  • Debating competitions
  • Writing competitions

A LEVEL/BTEC REQUIREMENTS:

To study English Language and/ or English Literature at A level, you need to achieve Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Literature.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

  • Check for homework and ensure it is completed
  • Help your child with learning spellings through revision and testing
  • Encourage the use of a dictionary/thesaurus
  • Check that your child has a pen and books for lessons
  • Encourage independent reading of both fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Purchase revision guides and the set texts studied at GCSE
  • Follow the exam revision timetable and revise weekly
  • Read the books your child is reading to discuss them

WHERE TO GO:

  • Dove Cottage- Grasmere- Home to William Wordsworth
  • Theatre visits are enriching and entertaining and enhance understanding of texts
  • Speke Hall Liverpool designed in the Tudor style and Rufford Old Hall where a young William Shakespeare was rumoured to have performed.
  • New Shakespeare theatre – Prescot
  • Haworth, Bronte museum
  • Science & Media Museum – Bradford
  • National Museum of Photography, Film and Television
  • British Library
  • Charles Dickens Museum
  • The Lowry, Salford
  • International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

WHAT TO WATCH:

  • Shakespeare-Franco Zeffirelli and Roman Polanski, ‘Romeo and Juliet’
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
  • 'Thug Notes’ to revise Shakespeare and literary devices
  • A Christmas Carol (1951 – Alastair Sim)
  • An Inspector Calls (2015)
  • BBC Newsround

WHAT TO READ:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • A Christmas Carol
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Poetry

ONLINE:

 

English Heritage

 

goodreads.com

 

Shakespearesglobe.com- virtual tour

 

Poetryfoundation.org

 

Book Trust

 

BBC Bitesize

 

RSC YouTube

 

GCSE revision videos

 

GCSE Pod

 

FUTURE CAREERS

English is a valuable qualification no matter what future aspirations students may have. A good command of spoken and written English also benefits other GCSEs. An English qualification can also provide students with a platform to study the subject at a higher level and can lead to careers such as journalism, film and television, research, writing and teaching.