ENGLISH

During your time at Warneford, you will experience what we believe is the most varied subject on the curriculum. You will learn to write in many genres, to read an enormous range of texts and to speak to varied audiences. We aim for you to make swift progress in terms of your literary skills and confidence.

Analysis and creativity are key in our curriculum- we want you to become insightful readers and imaginative writers-you will be encouraged to have your own opinions and to express them freely through a range of forms. You will be always be challenged, engaged and involved in your lessons.

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Through English, we hope to make you a better learner. You will reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses as you learn to improve. You will become responsible for setting yourself targets, and helping others in your class to meet theirs. You will develop resilience, and become able to motivate yourself when you find the work challenging. You will leave us an independent learner responsible for your own progress-the only limit is your imagination.

Key Stage 3 Course Outline

In Year 7 we cover:
Gothic Writing
Holes
Advertising and media 
Subversion
Macbeth

In Year 8 we cover:
Debating
The Tempest
Stone Cold
Media
Poetry

Key Stage 3 now finishes at the end of year 8. In the Summer term of year 8, pupils choose what they will take in year 9. The choices currently are:

  1. GCSE Media Studies, to be completed in one year;
  2. Creative writing, where pupils work on literacy skills but with no formal exam or qualification at the end of the year;
  3. Preparation for AS level language and literature, by taking English Language and English Literature in year 10, AS in year 11.
  4. Pupils who achieve below level 5.5 at the end of year 8 are invited to consider taking English Language over two years, year 9 and 10, to give them more of an opportunity to gain a 4 grade or higher. Should they fail to achieve this in year 10, they can retake in year 11.

There will be an English Options evening on 27 June when parents and pupils can find more information to help them decide on which option they want to take.  A copy of the presentation is available to download here Year 8 presentation 2017  (please note levels are Key Stage 3 levels not Key Stage 4 predictors which appear on your child’s report)

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Key Stage 4 / GCSE

At Key Stage 4 nearly all pupils take two GCSEs in English Language, and English Literature. The courses involve the study of modern poetry, poetry written before 1914, a modern play, a Shakespeare play, two pieces of Creative Writing, an analysis of language used in a real situation and the study of a 20th Century novel.

English Language GCSE

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
50% of GCSE written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes – 80 marks

Section A: Reading
One literature fiction text
Reading (40 marks) 25% of the paper.  One single text to read.
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: Writing
Descriptive or narrative writing
Writing (40 marks) 25% of the paper.
1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
50% of GCSE written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 80 marks

Section A: Reading
One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
Reading (40 marks) (25% of the paper) – two linked texts.
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
Writing to present a viewpoint
Writing (40 marks) (25% of the paper)
1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy

English Literature GCSE

Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes – 64 marks – 40% of GCSE

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole. (Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth)
Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole. (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde)

Paper 2 – Modern texts and Poetry
Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes – 96 marks – 60% of GCSE

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text. (An Inspector Calls)
Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster. (Love and Relationships)
Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

An overview of both courses, how much is assessed by Controlled Assessment, and how much is assessed by exams, can be found following these links:
AQA Media Studies GCSE 4810 specification
AQA English Language 8700 specification at a glance
AQA English Literature 8702 specification at a glance

Year 10 English information Year 10 English information