English

English

Departmental aims

The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

read easily, fluently and with good understanding

develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

 

Staff

Miss Sara-Louise Burke (Head of faculty)

Miss Joana Silva (Lead Practitioner for English) Mr Simon Richards (Second in Charge)Mr Ben Small (Teacher of English) Ms Trish O’Connor (Teacher of English and Head of Sixth Form) Miss Shannon Keatings (Teacher of English) Miss Laura Power (Teacher of English)
Programmes of Study

The section below outlines the programmes of study for each of the three key stages, on a half-termly basis.  The department is moving from the current curriculum maps to a new programme of study for Key Stage Three that has been devised along with all of the other schools in the Meller Educational Trust.  These curriculum maps will be available shortly.

KS3

KS4

As of September 2015, students’ at the academy follow the AQA English Literature (8702) and the AQA English Language (8700) qualifications. This ensures that they leave with two GCSE qualifications, one in English Language and one in English Literature.

AQA English Language, from 2015:

·         Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing ·         1 hr 45 mins

·         80 marks

50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives ·         1 hr 45 mins

·         80 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions:
Section A:
One literature fiction text
Reading (40 marks) (25%)
·         1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)·         2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)

·         1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)


Section B: Descriptive or Narrative Writing (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

 

Questions:

·         Section A: One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Reading (40 marks) (25%) 

·         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)
Section B: Writing to Present a Viewpoint
Writing (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

AQA English Literature, from 2015:

·         Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel ·         1 hr 45 mins

·         64 marks

40% of GCSE

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry ·         2 hrs 15 mins

·         96 marks

60% of GCSE

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

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose/drama text.


Section B Poetry:
 students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the exam and one other poem from the anthology cluster.


Section C Unseen poetry:
 Students will answer one question on an unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

 

KS5

 

From September 2015, we will be following the new AQA Literature B specification. It runs as follows:

Paper 1: Literary genres
Aspects of tragedy

Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.

Assessed:
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Closed book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A-level


Paper 2: Texts and genres

Elements of crime writing

OR

Elements of political and social protest writing

Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900. Examination will include an unseen passage.

Assessed:

  • written exam: 3 hours
  • open book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence
Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology
Two essays of 1250–1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology.

Assessed:

  • 50 marks

20% of A-level