English

Key Stage 3 English

The new English curriculum for Language and Literature will encourage students to read a greater range of high quality, challenging literature and nonfiction from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Novels such as Frankenstein, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men and Animal Farm will be a focus in Key Stage 3. A range of thematic poetic clusters and Shakespeare’s plays also feature heavily across all year groups.

Reading and writing will be equally weighted in the new English Language GCSE, therefore a focus on writing clearly and accurately, in good Standard English, is also a priority. There is to be an increased emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar, including the use of sophisticated vocabulary. A focus on both descriptive and transactional writing is embedded across all KS3 topics studied in order to prepare our students for the rigour of the new specification at GCSE.

Students will be assessed using a new grading system: A*-G has been replaced by a 1-9 system. Students will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest grade possible (the top 5% of an old A*), 4 being a pass (C-) and 5 being a good pass (C+/B-)

Students in years 7 and 8 will not be given a grade for their assessed work. They will receive detailed feedback that identifies what they can do successfully and a skill/s to focus on in order to improve. This is much more meaningful and productive for our students: it takes the focus away from the grade achieved and places the emphasis on how to improve their reading and writing skills. Grades will be made available to parents through school reports and parents’ evenings.

More information from the GCSE exam board can be found here: bit.ly/1-9explained

English GCSE

All pupils will be entered for the English Language and English Literature AQA GCSEs and will therefore be awarded two qualifications at the end of their terminal examinations. The number of unseen texts in both language and literature has increased, as has the emphasis on correct spelling, punctuation and grammar in ALL responses.

Students will be assessed using a new grading system. A*-G has been replaced by a 1-9 system. Students will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest grade possible (the top 5% of an old A*), 4 being a pass (C-) and 5 being a good pass (C+/B-)

You can find more information from the GCSE exam board here: bit.ly/1-9explained

English Language

The new English Language GCSE will encourage students to read a greater range of high quality, challenging literature and nonfiction texts from a range of genres and eras (from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries).

For the first time, reading and writing will be equally weighted in the new English Language GCSE. This new specification will have a greater focus on making sure that students are able to write clearly and accurately, in good Standard English. There will be an increased emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar including the use of sophisticated vocabulary. In addition to this, the ability of students to express their own individual opinions and to pose arguments will be key to success in this GCSE.

Tiers (higher/foundation papers) will be removed which means that specifications and question papers will have to cover the full range of abilities. All English GCSEs will have terminal assessment with no controlled assessment/coursework.

English Literature

The study of literature will remain a compulsory part of the Key Stage 4 curriculum. There will be new requirements to use more diverse and challenging writing skills, such as narrating and arguing.

The new English Literature GCSE will encourage students to read a wide range of classic literature fluently with the assessment of:

  • A 19th century novel (A Christmas Carol)
  • A Shakespeare play (Romeo and Juliet)
  • A selection of poetry since 1789, including representative Romantic poems (Power and Conflict poetry)
  • British fiction or drama from 1914 onwards. (An Inspector Calls)

Tiers (higher/foundation papers) will be removed which means that specifications and question papers will have to cover the full range of abilities. All English GCSEs will have terminal assessment with no controlled assessment/coursework.