GCSE English Language & English Literature - KS4

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Mrs M. Lord
Assistant Progress Leader: Mrs R. Horner
Teaching Staff: Miss K. Higgs, Miss H. Asran, Mr R. Longson, Mrs K. Wood, Mrs A. Williams, Miss M. Potter, Mrs G. Morrow
Link Governor: Dr R Foster

COURSE INFORMATION

Students will study both English Language and English Literature.

​English Language

  • 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction texts
  • Prose writing
  • Transactional writing
  • Persuasive writing
  • Spoken Language Endorsement

English Literature 

  •  A Shakespeare play (Romeo and Juliet)
  • A selection of poetry from 1789 to present
  • Post 1914 prose and drama (An Inspector Calls)
  • 19th Century prose (A Christmas Carol)

In English Language, students will develop skills in responding to texts critically, sensitively and in detail and consider different approaches to texts and alternative interpretations.

In English Literature, students will study literary heritage poetry and prose, contemporary prose and drama.

COURSE CONTENT

Students will be taught to analyse how language is used in different contexts and adapted to suit a different audience. They will be taught how to analyse a variety of texts and how to then emulate those styles in their own writing.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

English Language

Component 1 Exam (40%) - A 1 hour, 45-minute examination on 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing (40%)
Component 2 Exam (60%) - A 2-hour examination on 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing (60%)

English Literature

Component 1 Exam (40%) - A 2-hr examination on Shakespeare and Poetry (40%)
Component 2 Exam (60%) - A 2 hr 30-minute exam on Post-1914 Prose, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry (60%)

YEAR 10



TERM
UNIT OF STUDY
KEY SKILLS / LEARNING
Autumn
C1 Language
C2 Literature: A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
Critical reading, comprehension and evaluation of fiction texts; drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; producing clear and coherent narrative writing to imagine, explore and entertain; writing for impact.
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text.
Spring
C2 Language
C1 Literature: Romeo and Juliet & poetry
Critical reading, comprehension and evaluation of non-fiction texts; drawing inferences, comparing texts and justifying these with evidence; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; producing clear and coherent transactional writing; writing for impact.
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text and using accurate Standard English.
Summer
C1 Literature Romeo and Juliet & poetry
Spoken Language NEA
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text and using accurate Standard English.
Present information and ideas; respond to spoken language; spoken Standard English

YEAR 11



Autumn
C1&2 Lang
C1&2 Lit
Critical reading, comprehension and evaluation of fiction and non-fiction texts; drawing inferences, comparing texts and justifying these with evidence; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; producing clear and coherent narrative and transactional writing; writing for impact.
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; comparing texts; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text and using accurate Standard English.
Spring
C1&2 Lang
C1&2 Lit
Critical reading, comprehension and evaluation of fiction and non-fiction texts; drawing inferences, comparing texts and justifying these with evidence; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; producing clear and coherent narrative and transactional writing; writing for impact.
Literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; comparing texts; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary; producing clear and coherent text and using accurate Standard English.
Summer
All Units revisited

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Theatre Trips
Visiting theatre companies
Guest speakers/writers
Lunchtime and after school clubs
Revision and Booster clubs
Debating competitions
Writing competitions

A LEVEL/BTEC REQUIREMENTS:

To study English Language and/ or English Literature at A level, you need to achieve Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Literature.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Check for homework and ensure it is completed
Help your child with learning spellings through revision and testing
Encourage the use of a dictionary/thesaurus
Check that your child has a pen and books for lessons
Encourage independent reading of both fiction and non-fiction texts
Purchase revision guides and the set texts studied at GCSE
Follow the exam revision timetable and revise weekly
Read the books your child is reading to discuss them

WHERE TO GO:

Dove Cottage- Grasmere- Home to William Wordsworth
Theatre visits are enriching and entertaining and enhance understanding of texts
Speke Hall Liverpool designed in the Tudor style and Rufford Old Hall where a young William Shakespeare was rumoured to have performed.
New Shakespeare theatre – Prescot
Haworth, Bronte museum
Science & Media Museum – Bradford
National Museum of Photography, Film and Television
British Library
Charles Dickens Museum
The Lowry, Salford
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

WHAT TO WATCH:

Shakespeare-Franco Zeffirelli and Roman Polanski, ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
'Thug Notes’ to revise Shakespeare and literary devices
A Christmas Carol (1951 – Alastair Sim)
An Inspector Calls (2015)
BBC Newsround

WHAT TO READ:

Romeo and Juliet
A Christmas Carol
An Inspector Calls
Poetry

ONLINE:

English Heritage
Good Reads website - goodreads.com - also an app
Shakespearesglobe.com- virtual tour
Poetryfoundation.org
Book Trust
BBC Bitesize
RSC YouTube 
GCSE revision videos 
GCSE Pod

FUTURE CAREERS

English is a valuable qualification no matter what future aspirations students may have. A good command of spoken and written English also benefits other GCSEs. An English qualification can also provide students with a platform to study the subject at a higher level and can lead to careers such as journalism, film and television, research, writing and teaching.

Downloads
English Learning Journey
Oct 31
More fabulous Shakespeare projects from 7.1 https://t.co/uHaX4zdOw4
Oct 31
Wow! Incredible work from Miss Asran's 7.1 class. @UHHSchool #dedicatedtoexcellence https://t.co/zalhOOXJsf
Oct 31
Mrs Wood's 10.5 class have enjoyed exploring Marley's chains in A Christmas Carol. @UHHSchool https://t.co/RmChV35r2q
Jul 09
Y10 had the most amazing sampling day! @wiganleighcol @UHHSchool https://t.co/DCMUJOnknF
Jul 04
Thanks to @StJohnRigby for a fabulous taster session yesterday our Y10 students had a great day! #CEIAG #SJR… https://t.co/nKHsVL2Qfr