English at Park View is at one of its most exciting phases; with the changes in the new curriculum the department is striving to adjust our provision in perfect alignment to the demands of a more rigorous and challenging subject.
Students study a broad and engaging English curriculum across Years 7 to 9, targeting both Language and Literature aspects of the subject in order to best prepare them for the KS4 curriculum. We want to expose students to a broad range of quality literature and our students will have the opportunity to study texts such as:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Various texts and poetry by Maya Angelou
Holes by Louis Sachar or Two Weeks with the Queen
Speeches from 16th Century to 21st Century
Poetry from other cultures
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduction to Shakespeare plays
Extracts on Dystopian Fiction / Gothic Horror
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
A Modern 20th/21st Century Novel
Students also cover a wide range of writing and speaking and listening tasks across their three years of study, including persuasive speeches, story writing and empathetic letter writing.
Each unit focuses on specific skills which not only enhances our students’ English ability but also better prepares them to tackle the world outside of school as students deal with crucial social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues that are entrenched in our chosen literature.
Alongside this, students are provided with 1 library lesson every fortnight that is dedicated to boost the love of reading within our students whilst providing them with a relaxing and engaging atmosphere to dedicate to reading.
Furthermore, 1 lesson per fortnight is dedicated to Philosophy4Children in Year 7 and Cognitive Acceleration in Year 8. Both these projects are aimed at explicitly developing our students’ thinking processes whilst engaging them in conversation, modelled debate and supportive dialogue amongst peers and teachers.
In lieu of the new curriculum students will be assessed more in timed exam conditions in order to prepare them for their upcoming GCSE examinations.
GCSE English Language and English Literature equip students with the skills to analyse, persuade and articulate ideas in written and spoken forms. They are core subjects, essential for college entry and highly valued by all employers at all stages. Many former students go on to study ‘A’ Level English Literature or Language/Linguistics at college and university.
All students at Park View study for both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Key Stage 4.
English Literature Texts will include:
· At least one play by Shakespeare
· At least one 19th century novel
· A selection of poetry since 1789, including representative Romantic poetry
· Fiction or drama from the British isles from 1914 onwards
English Language Texts will include:
Extended 19th / 20th Century Non-Fiction –
· Journalistic Articles
There is no longer any form of Coursework or Controlled Assessments in the new curriculum for students completing their GCSEs in 2017.
It is now a 100% linear exam assessment at the end of Year 11 consisting of 2 exams for Language and Literature each –accumulating into 4 Exams.
Students will be given many opportunities to write analytically about texts and will have to evaluate the way language is used and structured bearing in mind the social and historical context of texts as well as the writer’s own purpose. Once again, there will be many occasions for students to prepare for their examinations through Mock Exams throughout the two years.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar will now have a direct impact in exams and students will need to focus carefully on improving literacy in order to be successful in their examinations.
Speaking and Listening remains a feature of English GCSE but is now assessed separately and will not formulate a part of the GCSE grades.
To complete the GCSE courses successfully, students must remain focused, meet deadlines and work at home as well as at school. In addition, all students must participate in speaking and listening activities and make at least one individual speech to the class.
English Language GCSE (EDEXCEL):
Paper 1 – Fiction and Imaginative Writing
1 Hour 45 Minutes
Paper 2 – Non-fiction and Transactional Writing
English Literature GCSE (AQA):
Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
(1 Hour 45 Minutes)
Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry