English

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English is a core subject studied by all students.

OFSTED commended us on the high number of students who also gained a second GCSE with us in English Literature.

'Every student has the right to be supported in order to thrive and reach their potential.'

Through the delivery of challenging, creative and engaging lessons, students will recognise the importance of English in the wider world and develop the confidence and independence to achieve success.

The skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are of vital importance in many areas. They are essential in many careers and underpin successful study at all levels.
We believe that the study of literature can greatly enhance a student's writing skills and leads to an increased enjoyment of, and success in, reading.

As a core subject in the National Curriculum, English is studied extensively by all students in all years.


Students will have the opportunity to study a range of texts, across a range of genres and cover a range of approaches. They will work in groups, pairs and as individuals to develop their English skills and achieve success.

Key Stage 3

Students are assessed against our Pool Academy skills descriptors in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Throughout Key Stage 3 students will sit planned assessments in order to prepare them for Key Stage 4. Their progress will be tracked against the skills and intervention will be put in place to support students' progress as necessary.

Students will cover:
• A range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
• They will study an assortment of poetry from different genres.
• Pre-twentieth and post-twentieth century drama.
• Media and moving image texts with the opportunity to produce their own examples.

Key Stage 4

The examinations are sat with the AQA examination board.
All students sit GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature exams.

In English Language, 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. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, using figurative language and analysing texts.

In studying the set texts For English Literature, students will have the opportunity to develop skills in understanding a word, phrase or sentence in context; exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings; distinguishing between what is stated explicitly and what is implied; explaining motivation, sequence of events, and the relationship between actions or events.

English Literature Assessments

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:

Shakespeare plays
The 19th-century novel

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:

Modern prose or drama texts
The poetry anthology
Unseen poetry


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.

 

English Language Assessments

All texts in the examination will be 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

How it's 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

How It's 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

How It's Assessed

  • Teacher set throughout course
  • Marked by teacher
  • Separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

 

Ms S George

Head of English

sg@poolacademy.co.uk

 

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