English Language

 

WHAT DO STUDENTS LEARN IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN KEY STAGE 4?

Students of all abilities develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods.  Students learn how to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. There are plenty of opportunities for creative writing and to practise writing non-fiction transactional pieces.  There is a strong emphasis on using Standard English to help prepare students for the life beyond school.  

 

HOW WILL STUDENTS LEARN IN THIS COURSE?

On their timetables, students will have two hours of English Language per week in a mixed ability class. Lessons are filled with class discussion of ideas and exploration of writers’ specific choices of words, sentences and their impact on the reader. There is plenty of room for creativity too, with students writing their own pieces of non-fiction and fiction.  We explore a wide range of great non-fiction and fiction texts with plenty of links to issues in the world around us.  Students enjoy thinking and writing about their own opinions on a wide range of topics.  

 

HOW ARE STUDENTS ASSESSED IN THIS COURSE?

GCSE English Language is assessed with two terminal examinations at the end of Year 11:

Paper 1- 1hour 45 minutes: assesses the reading and writing of non-fiction texts.

Paper 2-  1hour 45 minutes: assesses the reading and writing of fiction texts.   

In addition, there is one non-examined assessment for which students deliver a speech and answer questions using formal Standard English.  This is graded using Pass, Merit or Distinction.

 

WHAT IS THE LEARNING SEQUENCE? 

Focus in Year 10: Focus in Year 11:
Autumn 1 Paper 2 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts Paper 2 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts
Autumn 2 Paper 2 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts Paper 1 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts
Spring 1 Paper 1 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts Paper 2 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts
Spring 2 Paper 1 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts Revision of Paper 1 and Paper 2 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts
Summer 1 Paper 2 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts & Spoken Language  Examinations 
Summer 2 Paper 1 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION IS GAINED FROM WHICH EXAM BOARD?

Our GCSE in English Language is gained from the AQA exam board.

 

LINK TO EXAM BOARD QUALIFICATION

AQA GCSE English Language

 

HOW IS IT GRADED? 

All students sit the same examinations at the end of Year 11.  They will achieve a grade 1-9.  (9 being the highest grade.)   

 

WHAT FURTHER EDUCATION AND/OR CAREERS CAN THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO? 

Any and all! GCSE English Language is an essential qualification that demonstrates your skills in reading and writing. These are essential transferable skills needed in all careers.  

Most importantly, we hope to share a love of words and reading with our students so that they leave Paulet with confidence, empowered for the next step of their learning journey. 

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