Course Overview

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

For GCSE English Language students should:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

GCSE English Language is designed on the basis that students should read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each text studied must represent a substantial piece of writing, making significant demands on students in terms of content, structure and the quality of language. The texts, across a range of genres and types, should support students in developing their own writing by providing effective models. The texts must include literature and extended literary non-fiction, and other writing such as essays, reviews and journalism (both printed and online). Texts that are essentially transient, such as instant news feeds, must not be included. The number and types of texts, and their length, are not prescribed.

Assessment

Exam Information

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What is assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing

Assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – one single text

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

What is assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • writing to present a viewpoint

Assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

What is assessed (AO7–AO9)

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of Standard English

Assessed

  • teacher set throughout course
  • marked by teacher
  • separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

Year Plan

Year 10 Schedule 

Term   What is being studied  Assessment   Assessment Date 
AUT 1  An Inspector Calls  How is Mr Birling presented? Or How is the theme of responsibility presented?   

 

w/c 22nd October 2018 

AUT 2  English Language Paper 2: Comprehension Skills  Q1 and 2 

 

 

Q3 and 4 

 

w/c 26th November 2018 

 

w/c 17th December 2018 

       
SPR 1  English Language Paper 1: creative writing 

 

Homework assessments   
SPR 2  Conflict Poetry 

 

 

How is the power of nature presented in Storm on the island and Exposure?  w/c 11th February 2019 
       
SMR 1  Jekyll and Hyde 

 

 

   
SMR 2  Creative Writing and English Language Paper 1 re cap     
End of Year Mocks 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Mocks until Investigations Week 

English Language: Paper 1 

 

 

 

 

English Literature: Jekyll and Hyde 

 

 

 

English Language Paper 2: Section B/Persuasive Writing. 

Section A (Comprehension/fiction text) 

Section B (creative writing) 

 

Full extract analysis and linked essay 

21st-28th June 

 

Year 11 Schedule 

Term  What is being studied  Assessment  Assessment Date 
AUT1  English Language Paper 2, Section A  Q1 and 2 

 

 

Q3 and 4 

w/c 17th September 2018 

 

w/c 22nd October 2018 

 

AUT2  English Language Paper 2, Section B (Persuasive writing) 

 

Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry 

  Homework assessments 

 

Homework assessments 

       
SPR1  English Language Paper 2, Sections A and B 

 

 

 

 

English Literature: Conflict poetry and unseen poetry  

Section A (Comprehension-non fiction texts) 

 

Section B 

Persuasive Writing 

 

Conflict poetry and unseen poetry questions 

Mocks: 7th-18th January 2019 tbc 
SPR2   

Macbeth 

 

  

How is Lady Macbeth presented as a powerful character in this extract and in the play as a whole? 

 

w/c: 1st April 2019 

SMR 1  Complete Macbeth 

 

Revision 

   

 


GCSE English Language Assessments 2017-18

Year 10

W/c  9th October –  Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing –Questions 1 and 2

W/c 13th November – Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing –Question 3

W/c 12th February  – Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing –Question 4

W/c 5th March – Spoken Language Endorsement

W/c 22nd June – End of Year exam- Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing

Year 11

W/c 9th October – Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives- Questions 1 and 2

14th 15th December – Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives- Questions 3 and 4

8-17th January – Year 11 Mock Exams Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing

W/c 22nd January – Spoken Language Endorsement

Useful Links

Paper One – Section A
Paper One – Section B
https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/fivethings/ – Five Elements of a Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaEJ-HVpl9g – Mr Bruff Question 5 Descriptive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfBYZZD_UzU – Mr Bruff Question 5 Narrative
Paper Two – Section A
Paper Two – Section B
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bhpgRzrs64 – Mr Bruff Question 5 (Part a)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFVO7j_hV28 – Mr Bruff Question 5 (Part b)