English Language & English Literature

We aim to engage our students in learning that promotes a love for English Language and Literature; we do this by using all of the digital resources and expertise at the school to read different styles of writing and then apply this learning to develop your writing skills

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aim and objectives

As you move through your course, you will develop the skills needed to be able to read and write for different purposes and audiences. You will participate in discussion, dialogue and debate across the school developing your speaking and listening skills so that you learn how to participate effectively in any setting and develop the skills and confidence to deliver presentations to a range of audiences. You are studying for two GCSEs

We recognise the opportunities that a two year course leading to a terminal external examination provides for you to develop understanding, broaden your reading and mature as users of spoken and written language. We believe that success in examinations will be the result of rich learning experiences that promote deep learning, creativity and confidence
We aim to give you the skills that enable you to ‘explore’ and develop independent responses to a variety of ‘viewpoints and perspectives’. We focus on skills development and independence because our small classes (maximum 15) give every student the opportunity to engage with and articulate their ideas and responses

We interweave topics, exam technique, assessment, revision and consolidation to ensure that you have the skills, knowledge and understanding to enjoy your studies and to be successful


course outline

 

YEAR 10

 

Y10 half term 1

Aim: Transition to GCSE: introduction to the course enthusing students about English

Y10 half term 2

Aims: To enrich students’ writing through reading additional literary texts. To develop students’ ability to write independently applying the principles of planning, drafting and revising their work

Y10 half term 3

Aims: To develop students’ understanding of, and responses to, poetry. To develop a critical style and the ability to compare poems

Y10 half term 4

Aim: To enjoy studying a modern text, either prose or drama

Y10 half term 5

Aim: To develop students’ ability to write non-fiction pieces

Y10 half term 6

Aim: To read and enjoy a19th-century novel


 

YEAR 11

 

Y11 half term 1

Aims: To develop students ’understanding of, and responses to, poetry. To develop a critical style and the ability to compare poems

Y11 half term 2

Aim: To understand the format and timing of the terminal examinations

Y11 Half term 3

Aim: To consolidate and practice writing for a variety of audiences and purposes

Y11 half term 4

Aim: Revision of texts for English Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th century novel

Y11 half term 5

Aim: To prepare students for final examinations

 

Unseen poetry

Complete specification can be found at the AQA website


CAREERS THAT INVOLVE ENGLISH

  • Digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  •  Lexicographer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Publishing copy-editor/proofreader
  • Writer

 

Exam Board

The English exam board we use is AQA and below you will find links to the current specification

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

AQA website

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

AQA website


AQA GCSE SPECIFICATION

 

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Assessment: 100% Examination

COURSE OVERVIEW

Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)
Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

The spoken language component will be a separate endorsement

Exam Entry: One tier, grades 9-1

You will study two units twice over the two years:

Reading

Writing

Spoken language will be assessed by your teacher and will be reported as a separate endorsement. It will not count towards your final GCSE grade

Complete specification can be found at:

AQA website


GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

Assessment: 100% Examination

COURSE OVERVIEW

Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (40%)

Paper 2 Modern texts and poetry (60%)

Exam Entry: One tier, grades 9-1

You will study five units over the two years:

Shakespeare plays

The 19th century novel

Modern prose or drama

Prepared poetry

Unseen poetry

Complete specification can be found at:

AQA website

 

Course Leader

Sakinna Dickinson

I have been teaching in schools for 14 years. I worked at St Augustine of Canterbury High School and then Newman College teaching English and leading Media Studies. Prior to teaching, I worked in Tameside and Oldham developing projects for young people in schools and community settings. I am at MCS because it values and nurtures creativity and independence. The small classes enable meaningful opportunities for personalisation and student-centered teaching and learning.