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English GCSE

Subject : English

Exam Board : AQA

Syllabus Code : English lang. 4705.  Eng lit

 

We teach in ability sets at Key Stage Four based on students’ prior attainment, providing an incredible amount of intervention and constant support. We ensure every child achieves the very best grade they can.

In Falmouth School, all year 10 students are offered the opportunity to study GCSE English Language and English Literature.

Over the duration of the two year course, GCSE English requires you to study three core elements – Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. GCSE English Literature also requires you to look at these three main areas. You will also complete a Spoken Language Study. Some of the work that you do as part of your GCSE English Language, such as the study of certain novels, plays and poetry will also contribute to the mark that you get for GCSE English Literature.

GCSE English Literature will develop the reading and writing skills that you have in GCSE English. You will study a range of texts and then produce written responses to these. Over the duration of the course you will study:

  • a play by William Shakespeare
  • a range of poetry – both seen and unseen – modern and also poetry from the literary heritage
  • a modern drama
  • a novel – this could be a modern novel or a novel from the literary heritage

The course is assessed by controlled assessment; these are a variety of tasks that will take place over the two year course; and by exam at the end of year eleven. Controlled assessment has replaced coursework but is similar in that the work that you do for controlled assessment will contribute to your final mark. It is work that you will carry out in school and, much like coursework, you will study a topic in the classroom and your teacher will prepare you for the assessed task. Unlike in exams, in controlled assessment you will have access to resources that you have pre-prepared and you can receive some guidance from your teacher. It is vital that students don’t miss controlled assessment tasks as these contribute to the final GCSE grade.

We are very proud of our results at Falmouth School, having attained over 70% A* – C last year and a 99.4% pass rate overall. Our attitude is incredibly positive from the start, to ensure that each and every child feels a sense of ownership and achievement and all do their absolute best.

 

Area of Learning per term

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Assessment detail and H/W topic per term

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Year 10 – Term 1

Creative Writing/Media-Texts used for study ‘Mid-Term Break’ and for Media analysis, Jaws

Mice and Men –Cross-over piece for English Language and Literature.

Creative writing and media assessed through controlled assessment week beginning 20/10/2010.  Mice and Men used for controlled assessment (week beginning 11/01/2011) and for terminal exam (Literature) in June of Year 11, 2012.

 

Year 10 – Term 2

Shakespeare-Romeo and Juliet

 

Controlled assessment week beginning 4/04/2010.

Year 10 – Term 3

Spoken Language Study

 

Controlled assessment week beginning 6/06/2010.

Year 11 – Term 1

Poetry from Anthology (Relationships cluster) Assessed through exam.

Short stories from Anthology. Assessed through exam.

Preparation for English Language exam—unseen media texts.

 

Assessed through terminal examination May/June 2012.

 

Year 11 – Term 2

Poetry from Anthology (Relationships cluster) Assessed through exam.

Short stories from Anthology. Assessed through exam.

Preparation for English Language exam—unseen media texts.

 

Assessed through terminal examination May/June 2012.

 

Year 11 – Term 3

Revision and practise exam response technique.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Support:

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After school coursework clubs.

Currently running with MG room 1, Tuesdays 3-4.

DY  room 13, Tuesdays 3-4

By appointment with individual teacher

 

On Line Support:

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www.aqa.org

www.sparknotes.com

This website provides context plot overviews characters lists analyses of major characters and themes, motifs and symbols for most GCSE coursework texts form the AQA syllabus.

www.cliffnotes.com

This also provides a useful overview of most GCSE texts

www.englishbiz.co.uk

Contains the full text and useful commentary of some of the poems studied for the Literature exam

 

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