KS4

English

Names of staff, role & contact details

Mr S Davies
Subject Leader
sds@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Mrs C Davies
Senior Assistant Subject Leader
cds@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Mrs K Streetly
Assistant Subject Leader
kst@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Mr A Cotterall
English Teacher
aco@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Ms L Rodgers
English Teacher
lro@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Mrs S Russell
English Teacher
sru@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Miss J Wallace
English Teacher/Literacy Co-ordinator
jwa@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Name of course(s) offeredExam boardLink to specNature of assessment
GCSE English LanguageEduqas (WJEC)http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/Component 1 (40%): Fiction. 1 hour 45 examination, testing Reading and Writing

Component 2 (60%): Non-Fiction. 2 hour examination, testing Reading and Writing

Spoken Language: internally assessed, rewarded separately from final grade
GCSE English LiteratureAQAhttp://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702Paper 1 (40%): Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel. 1 hour 45 examination. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’

Paper 2 (60%): Modern Texts and Poetry. 2 hour 15 examination. ‘An Inspector Calls’ and a range of poetry from the AQA Anthology – ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster.

Year 10

Term 1
Language Component 1: Prose Writing
Literature Paper 1: ‘A Christmas Carol’

Term 2
Language Component 2: Capital Punishment Unit
Literature Paper 1: ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Term 3
Language Component 1: Section A and B revision
Language: Spoken Language (optional – could be done in Year 11)
Literature Paper 2: Poetry – Power and Conflict (possible start – to run throughout KS4)
End of Year 10 Examination

Year 11

Term 1
Literature Paper 2: ‘An Inspector Calls’
Literature Paper 2: Poetry/Unseen Poetry
Revision of all skills – Language
Preliminary mock examination

Term 2
Revision/exam preparation – all papers
Mock examinations

Term 3
Revision/exam preparation – all papers
Final examinations

How and when is my child assessed?

Ultimately, all pupils are externally examined at the end of Year 11. During Key Stage 4, we routinely check the progress in both English Language and English Literature through class-based tasks and assessments, alongside end of Year 10, Year 11 preliminary and mock examinations. Pupils have separate English Language, English Literature and, if they have opted for the subject, Media Studies exercise books.

How to support your child in English:

GCSE Eduqas English Language

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/zpxh82p

GCSE AQA English Literature

‘A Christmas Carol’ – BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zcs8qty

‘A Christmas Carol’ – Sparknotes: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/christmascarol/

‘Romeo and Juliet’ – BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zxxg9qt

‘Romeo and Juliet’ – Sparknotes: http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/

‘Romeo and Juliet’ – Translated – No Fear Shakespeare: http://nfs.sparknotes.com/romeojuliet/

‘An Inspector Calls’ – BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zxmb4j6

‘An Inspector Calls’ – Sparknotes: http://www.sparknotes.com/drama/an-inspector-calls/

‘Power and Conflict’ Poetry at BBC Bitesize:

‘Remains’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zcsjmnb/revision

‘Tissue’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zwg6nbk/revision

‘Kamikaze’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zynw2p3/revision

‘Exposure’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zwbxp39/revision

‘The Émigrée’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zqchfrd/revision

Analysing Poetry – BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zccxp39

Gojimo (also available as a smartphone app): http://www.gojimo.com/. A useful revision tool for many GCSEs, including English Literature.

Revision Guides: Language and Literature

There are a range of study guides on the market and we do not use any specific ones in school. However, popular guides used by many students are published by York Notes (for GCSE Literature texts) and CGP (for GCSE Language and Literature).

Note: whilst most Literature guides are not exam board specific, GCSE English Language guides are. It is vital that the correct guide is used as exam boards assess in very different ways. We follow the Eduqas (WJEC) Exam Board in GCSE English Language.