2 Studying English at GCSE Brand new specificationOverview of courses.What students can expect.How parents can help.Mr Adam Simpson (Head of English)Mrs Hannah McNally (KS4 Co-ordinator)
3 Brand new specification Exams now graded 9-1, not A*-G.No controlled assessment.Exams have no tiers.All pupils now required to study Shakespeare & a 19th Century Novel.A greater emphasis on 'technical accuracy.'
7 Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Paper 2: Writers'Viewpoints andPerspectivesNon-examinationAssessment: SpokenLanguageWhat's assessedSection A: ReadingOne literature fiction textSection B: WritingDescriptive or narrative writingWhat’s assessedOne non-fiction text andOne literary non-fiction textWriting to present aViewpointPresentingResponding to questions and feedbackUse of Standard EnglishAssessedWritten exam: 1 hour 45 minutes80 marks50% of GCSETeacher set throughout courseMarked by teacherSeparate endorsement(0% weighting of GCSE)QuestionsReading (40 marks) (25%)– one single text1 short form question(1 x 4 marks)2 longer form questions(2 x 8 marks)1 extended question(1 x 20 marks)Writing (40 marks) (25%)1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)– two linked texts(1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)(1 x 16 marks)
9 Paper 1: Shakespeare and the Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry 19th-century novelPaper 2: Modern texts and poetryWhat's assessedShakespeareThe 19th-century novelModern textsPoetryUnseen poetryHow it's assessedWritten exam: 1 hour 45 minutes64 marks40% of GCSE(Spelling, punctuation and vocabulary = 2.5%)Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes96 marks60% of GCSEQuestionsSection A ShakespeareStudents 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.Section B The 19th-century novelStudents 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.Section A Modern textsStudents will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.Section B PoetryStudents will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.Section C Unseen poetryStudents will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
10 What texts will be studied? Shakespeare19th CenturyModern TextsPoetryChoose one of:MacbethRomeo and JulietThe TempestThe Merchant of VeniceMuch Ado About NothingJulius CaesarRobert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeCharles Dickens A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens Great ExpectationsCharlotte Brontë Jane EyreMary Shelley FrankensteinJane Austen Pride and PrejudiceSir Arthur Conan Doyle The Sign of FourJB Priestley An Inspector CallsWilly Russell Blood BrothersAlan Bennett The History BoysDennis Kelly DNASimon Stephens The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time(play script)Shelagh Delaney A Taste of HoneyWilliam Golding Lord of the FliesAQA Anthology Telling TalesGeorge Orwell Animal FarmKazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me GoMeera Syal Anita and MeStephen Kelman Pigeon EnglishLove and relationships collection.Power and conflict collection
11 Course DeliveryEach half term will cover a different aspect of the English Language or English Literature exam. At specified tracking points throughout the year exam based assessments will take place which will allow us to monitor the progress of all pupils. Dates of these assessments will be communicated to parents/guardians via SIMS.
12 Revision and intervention classes Revision classes Will be offered in the final term of year 11 run up to the final exam in May/June Intervention classes Ongoing throughout the course as and when needs arise based on assessment data.
13 What students can expect: To be given clear guidance and deadlines for preparation time for each exam practice task.To receive detailed feedback and to respond to this during lesson time.To be working for longer on one topic than at Key Stage 3.To be required to research and read ahead.To be required to work independently.
14 Revision MaterialsEnglish Reading and Writing Workbooks are available from the Student Office.Students may also wish to purchase the study guides for the novels/plays studied on the Literature course; these are available at all good book stores. Details of specific novels studied by the class will be provided by English teachers.
15 How parents can helpCheck SIMS for dates of exam practice assessments.Ask them to tell you about texts they are studying and how they respond to them.Encourage them to read a range of fiction and non-fiction, particularly newspapers.Encourage them to use revision study guides.Don’t believe, “I’ve no work for English”. There is always something to do!Follow us on Twitter. Christleton KS4 English@ChristletonEng