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OFSTED Report 2017

GCSE English Language

Title: English Language
Exam Board: AQA

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students work towards gaining their GCSE English Language qualification. Lessons include the application of examination skills to prepare students for GCSE examinations. The GCSE course is a linear course. This means that all examinations are taken at the end of Year 11. There is no Coursework or Controlled Assessment component for GCSE English Language. The syllabus followed is AQA English Language (8700).


 

Assessment Details

  • Two exam papers
    • Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
    • Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • The exam will be graded 9-1 (9 is the highest grade)
  • Each paper is 1 ½ hours long.
  • Each paper has 80 marks and is worth 50% of the GCSE.

English Scheme of Work Overview

 

 

  Year 9    

Year 10

 

  Year 11
           
Autumn 1 Literature/Language

Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck

(land based topic)

Reading for meaning and character analysis.

 

  Language

All Creatures Great and Small

(land based topic)

Writing to argue and reading for meaning, including summarising

 

  Literature

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Reading skills, including analysis of character, structure and themes.

 

Autumn 2 Language

Escape From Kraznir

Creative writing project and revision of literacy skills.

 

   

Literature/language

Gothic Literature

Writing narratives and descriptions. Exploring the writer’s craft, including analysis of language and structure.

 

  Literature

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Reading skills, including analysis of character, structure and themes.

 

Spring 1  

Literature

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Reading skills, including analysis of character and language.

 

   

Literature

An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley

Reading skills, including analysis of character, structure and themes. Essay writing skills.

 

  Language

Town and Countryside

(land based topic)

Writing to argue, narrate and describe. Analytical reading skills

Spring 2 Language

The Power of Persuasion

Writing to argue and persuade. Summarising arguments.

 

  Literature

AQA poetry anthology

Reading skills, including analysis of language and structure. Comparative essay writing skills.

  Literature/Language

Revision of all skills in preparation for the exams, including practise exam papers

 

Summer 1 Literature

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Reading skills, including language analysis. Essay writing skills.

 

  Language

War, Peace and Freedom

Writing to argue, narrate and describe. Comparing non-fiction texts.

  Literature/Language

Revision of all skills in preparation for the exams, including practise exam papers

Summer 2 Literature/Language

Romantic relationships in poetry

Reading skills, analysis and comparisons. Essay writing skills.

  Language

My Place in the World

Writing to argue, narrate and describe. English Language speaking and listening assessments.

 

 


 

Key Dates

Students with be examined in May/June of Year 11

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