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English

English is the study of language and literature; how to read it analytically and how to use it effectively.

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Meet the tutors who will share their passion for English Literature and Language as you study at Crompton House School.

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How are students assessed?
  • In Years 7 and 8 pupils are assessed using the assessing pupil progress frameworks (APP)
  • In the GCSE years pupils are assessed through a mixture of controlled assessments and examinations as set out in the appropriate syllabus.
  • In AS and A2 students are assessed through a mixture of coursework and examinations as set out in the appropriate syllabus.
  • In all year groups common assessments will take at least once every half term.
How are students grouped?
  • In Years 7-11 pupils are split in to two bands per year with each band including between 3 and 5 sets.
  • In Years 12 and 13 there is no setting.
What home learning are we expected to do?

Years 7-11 will typically be set 2 homework tasks each two weeks.  Every pupil learns differently but a suggested time to spend on each homework is outlined below:

  • Year 7 – 30 minutes
  • Year 8 – 40 minutes
  • Year 9 – 50 minutes
  • Years 10 and 11 – 1 hour

Years 12 and 13 are often working on extended pieces of reading and writing which will mean they need to manage their time intelligently.  As a guideline they would be expected to spend at least 2 hours on their English homework each week and often more.

How can parents help?

Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education (Institute of Education – University of London)

Encourage your child to read regularly and widely, including fiction and non-fiction.  Read the same books as they do and talk about them together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Breakdown

Autumn Term

School of the Future – An enquiry centred unit based on students designing their own school. Band 1 pupils will then study Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and Band 2 pupils will study a novel.

Spring Term

Short stories – pupils will study a range of classic and contemporary short stories. Band 2 pupils will then study Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and Band 1 pupils will study a novel.

Summer Term

Pupils will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction in preparation for their Year 7 exam. This will be followed by the study of a range of poetry.

Assessment

Pupils have a half termly assessment on reading or writing skills based on the commonly used Assessing Pupil Progress objectives. In the summer term pupils will sit their Year 7 exam which has been produced by the AQA examination board and is designed to familiarise them with the GCSE exam format.

Autumn Term

Why do we travel? An enquiry centred unit studying non-fiction travel writing. This will be followed by the study of a range of high quality poetry.

Spring Term

Pupils will study a novel followed by a range of short stories & non-fiction texts.

Summer Term

Pupils will be reading a range of fiction & non-fiction in preparation for their Year 8 exam. This will be followed by the study of a modern Drama text.

Assessment

Pupils have a half termly assessment on reading or writing skills based on the commonly used Assessing Pupil Progress objectives. In the summer term pupils will sit their Year 8 exam which has been produced by the AQA examination board and is designed to familiarise them with the GCSE exam format.

Autumn Term

Why do we travel? An enquiry centred unit studying non-fiction writing and a range of high quality poetry. Band 1 pupils will then study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and band 2 pupils will study a range of 19th and 20th Century short stories.

Spring Term

Poetry by Heart – Pupils will study a range of high quality poetry from the AQA poetry anthology ‘Love and Relationships’ cluster. Band 2 pupils will then study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and band 1 pupils will study a range of 19th and 20th Century short stories.

Summer Term

Pupils will be reading a range of fiction & non-fiction in preparation for their Year 9 exam. This will be followed by the study of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’.

Assessment

Pupils have a half termly assessment on reading or writing skills based on the commonly used Assessing Pupil Progress objectives. In the summer term pupils will sit their Year 9 exam which has been produced by the AQA examination board and is designed to familiarise them with the GCSE exam format.

Autumn Term

Pupils will complete one piece of creative writing followed by an analysis of digital communication. They will then go on to study ‘Macbeth’ and a range of high quality poetry as well as developing speaking and listening skills which will help them in discussion.

Spring Term

Pupils will complete their ‘Macbeth’ and poetry study and go on to complete a second piece of creative writing as well as studying for the English Language exam.

Summer Term

Pupils will complete a third piece of creative writing as well as studying John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men.’ They will also complete a speaking and listening presentation.

Assessment

Pupils will complete five controlled assessments which will count towards their final Language and Literature GCSE grade. These are assessed in accordance with AQA’s published mark schemes. Pupils will also sit a mock English Language exam paper.

Autumn Term

Pupils will complete one piece of creative before studying Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ as well as developing presentation skills.

Spring Term

Pupils will study a range of high quality poetry followed by completing a second creative writing piece. They will also study for the English exam.

Summer Term

Pupils will complete a third piece of creative writing as well as studying John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men.’ They will also complete a speaking and listening role play.

Assessment

Pupils will complete five controlled assessments which will count towards their final English GCSE grade. These are assessed in accordance with AQA’s published mark schemes. Pupils will also sit a mock English exam paper.

 

 

 

Autumn Term

Pupils will complete their study of ‘Of Mice and Men’ before studying a selection of poems on the theme of relationships form the AQA anthology. They will then complete a creative writing piece before preparing for the Year 11 mock exams

Spring Term

Pupils will sit their Year 11 mock exams as well as completing a final piece of creative writing.

Summer Term

Pupils will study JB Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ and the final poems from the relationships section of the AQA poetry anthology. They will then undertake preparation and revision for their final exams.

Assessment

Pupils will complete three controlled assessments which will count towards their final Language GCSE grade. These are assessed in accordance with AQA’s published mark schemes. Pupils will also sit two mock English Language exam papers and one mock Literature paper.

August Term

Pupils will complete their study of ‘Of Mice and Men’ as well as preparing for the mock GCSE exam

Spring Term

Pupils will complete a piece of creative writing as well as studying for the English exam.

Summer Term

Pupils will prepare for the final examinations.

Assessment

Pupils will complete three controlled assessments which will count towards their final English GCSE grade. These are assessed in accordance with AQA’s published mark schemes. Pupils will also sit two mock English exam papers.

Option choice: AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and Literature (8702) (from Sept 2015)

Course highlights:

English Language – Pupils will read a range of high quality literary fiction as well as a variety of non-fiction texts.

Pupils will also develop their writing skills to enable them to write accurately in a range of forms and for a variety of audiences and purposes. They will also study valuable speaking and listening skills resulting in presentations in which they have to respond to questions and use standard English appropriately.

English Literature – Pupils will study a Shakespeare play, a nineteenth century novel, a modern play or novel and a range of poetry.

Key transferable skills include:

  • Interpretation
  • Selecting and synthesising evidence
  • Language analysis
  • Comparing ideas and perspectives
  • Evaluation
  • Organisation and communication
  • Accuracy

Pupils will have the opportunity to watch at least one high quality theatre performance in each year of the course.

How you are going to learn on this course:

First and foremost pupils will develop skills to make them independent thinkers and interdependent learners. When reading, they will develop the ability to decode texts for themselves by using context clues and linking them to their own experiences. This will be done through teacher modelling as well as grouped, paired and independent work. From there they will be taught how to shape their ideas in to cogent and coherent analysis.

When writing, pupils will study models of great writing and analyse what makes them work. They will then use this knowledge to write accurately in a range of forms and for a variety of audiences and purposes. Key English skills will be developed alongside valuable thinking and emotional intelligence skills such as empathy, interdependence and creativity.

How it is assessed:

English Language– Pupils are assessed through two examinations at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 assesses their ability to analyse a literature text as well as their ability to write a narrative or descriptive piece.  This exam is worth 50% of the full GCSE and is one hour and forty five minutes long.  Paper 2 assesses their ability to analyse non-fiction texts as well as their ability to present a viewpoint in writing.  This exam is also worth 50% of the full GCSE and is one hour and forty five minutes long.

English LiteraturePupils are assessed through two examinations at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 assesses their ability to analyse a Shakespeare play and a nineteenth century novel.  This exam is worth 40% of the full GCSE and is one hour and forty five minutes long.  Paper 2 assesses their ability to analyse a modern play or novel as well as a selection of seen and unseen poetry.  This exam is worth 60% of the full GCSE and is two hours and fifteen minutes long.

Pathways and careers leading from this subject:

English Language is a requirement for virtually any course or career you wish to pursue in the future. English Literature equips you with valuable analysis skills and together with Language will enhance your ability to understand your reading in your other subjects.

Students who enjoy the study of language and literature find the skills they develop invaluable for the following courses at University and the wide range of careers they can lead to:

Law, Sciences, History, PPE, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Theatre Arts/Drama, Media Studies, Psychology, Communications, Sociology, Economics, Accountancy, Business… to name just a few.

Course combinations:

Both subjects develop essay writing skills and written expression and will benefit all of your other GCSE options.

Who to see for more information:

Curriculum Team Leader: Mr D. Pacey

Ask your English teachers if you are interested to know more about any aspects of the course.

You can speak to your Form Tutor, Head of House and Assistant Head of House for more advice.

GCSE Specification

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GCSE Specification

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GCSE Specification (From Sept 2015)

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GCSE Specification

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GCSE Specification (From Sept 2015)

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Useful English Resources

Crompton House readers’ blog – https://cromptonhousereaders.wordpress.com/

Poetry by Heart – http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

Guardian book site for children – http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site

AQA – http://www.aqa.org.uk/