ENGLISH

 
   Miss H Greenwood (Head of English)
   Mrs C Barry
   Mrs J Chandler
   Mr S Gettings
   Mrs C McElhinney-Ryan
   Mrs C Murphy
   Mrs C Triggs


Subject Overview

English at Savio Salesian College provides pupils with functional skills to communicate effectively, unlock lifelong prospects as well as opportunities to engage with texts, think critically and gain an appreciation of unfamiliar contexts.

A range of strategies are used to cater to the needs of individual learners, making use of technology and creative approaches to help pupils enjoy English.

Pupils are expected to complete one homework task per week and are encouraged to read widely outside of school to build their vocabulary and imagination, as well as improving understanding and concentration skills.

Here are some suggested websites to support learning in English:

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv

 

Key Stage 3 Overview (Years 7-9)

Pupils follow the national programme of study, the aims of which are that pupils

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

This is achieved through

Reading

  • develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently
  • understand increasingly challenging texts
  • read critically

Writing

  • write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information
  • plan, draft, edit and proof-read

Grammar and Vocabulary

  • pupils will learn to consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary

 Spoken English

  • pupils will learn to speak confidently and effectively

 

 

 

Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11)

QUALIFICATIONS:
AQA GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
AQA GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

At Key Stage 4 all pupils are given the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs, following the AQA specification in English Literature and English Language. The courses are taught over two years and pupils will be awarded a grade between 9-1.

 

English Language

Pupils sit two examinations: all texts in the examinations for English Language are unseen.

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What's 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's 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)

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

What's 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)

 

English Literature

All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment.

All assessments are compulsory.

 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What's assessed

How it's assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

 

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

What's assessed

How it's assessed

  • written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.