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Year 10 English 


GCSE English Language and English Literature

SUMMARY OF SUBJECT CONTENT:

All students study English Language and English Literature. The English Language course provides students with the opportunity to study a variety of English Language texts in depth. This will include: the reading and analysis of fiction and literary non-fiction from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries; learning to write in a range of styles for a variety of purposes; speaking and listening confidently in a range of contexts, to include giving an extended individual presentation.  The course is assessed entirely through terminal examinations. 

The English Literature course provides students with the opportunity to study a variety of Literature in depth. This will include: the reading and analysis of a nineteenth century text; a modern prose or drama text; a Shakespeare play and a range of poetry. 

Specification at a glance

Exam Board: AQA

English Language: Specification Code:8700

Units

Weighting

Time

When

Notes

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

 50%

 

 1 hour 45 minutes

Summer of Year 11

 

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

 50%

 1 hour 45 minutes

Summer of Year 11

 

Non-Exam Assessment:

Spoken Language

 

Endorsed separately

Pass, Merit or Distinction

 

 

During Year 10 or Year 11

Students complete a prepared spoken presentation on a specific topic - maximum duration of 10 minutes.  Evidence may be filmed and sent to the exam board.

English Literature: Specification Code:8702

Units

Weighting

Time

When

 Notes

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel

 

40%

1 hour 45 minutes

Summer of Year 11

 

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

 

60%

2 hours 15 minutes

Summer of Year 11

 

What will my child study during Year 10?

The main areas of the curriculum to be studied each half term are detailed below, however in English Language and Literature, topics and skills are inter-woven and we often add additional elements in where appropriate (for example, we may practise poetry analysis skills whilst teaching A Christmas Carol, by teaching one or two relevant poems and then reverting back to the main topic of the novel).

HALF TERM

TOPIC/CURRICULUM/TEXT

SKILLS & SPECIIFIC FOCUS

Autumn 1

  • An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley (Literature Paper 2:  Modern Texts)

 

 

  • Plot, themes, character, language, structure, context & exam skills.

 

Autumn 2

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Literature Paper 1: Pre-1914)

 

  • Plot, themes, character, language, structure context & exam skills.

 

Spring 1

  • A Christmas Carol by Dickens
  • Language Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading (fiction)
  • Language Paper 1 Creative Writing- descriptive or narrative
  • Power & Conflict poetry and Unseen Poetry (Literature Paper 2).

 

 

  • Exam skills/practice, revision skills, quotes.
  • Comprehension of previously unseen fiction texts: developing skills in analysing and evaluating structure, and language.
  • Writing for purpose, SPAG, crafting and use of literary devices (e.g. similes, metaphors), paragraphing, sentence types, planning and editing
  • Comprehension and analysis of language, structure, theme and context.

Spring 2

  • Language Paper  2 – Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (Non-fiction) persuasive/opinion writing
  • Preparation for Spoken Language non-exam Assessment (on a controversial topic of their choice)
  • Language Paper 2 –Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (Non-fiction) Reading skills

 

  • Writing for purpose, SPAG, crafting and use of literary devices (e.g. persuasive techniques), paragraphing, sentence types, planning and editing.

 

 

 

  • Comprehension and analysis of language, summary skills, comparison skills.

 

Summer 1

  • Language Paper 1 and 2 Recap
  • Literature Revision  (An Inspector Calls and A Christmas Carol)

 

  • Exam skills
  • Exam skills and revision skills. Recap of key ideas and concepts.

Summer 2

  • Mock Exams: Language Paper 1 and  2,  Literature (A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls)
  • Power & Conflict Poetry & Unseen Poetry
  • Spoken Language non-exam GCSE assessment – persuasive speech
  • Exam skills/practice

 

  • Comprehension and analysis of language, structure, theme and context. Comparison skills.
  • Use of cue cards, memorising skills, presenting skills, public speaking.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in English in Year 10?

English Literature: when students have completed studying each set text they will complete an exam style assessment in class e.g. for both A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls, they will complete an exam question taking 55 minutes and worth 30 marks. The assessments will be notified via Satchel with some revision materials published and/or recommended to support revision. Students will be given a mark (e.g. out of 30) plus an approximate GCSE grade to show the standard of their work, as well as feedback as to how to improve their work.  

English Language: when studying the Reading sections of each Paper, students will frequently practise writing exam style answers (these are much shorter than the Literature assessments). Writing skills are assessed with a longer exam style assessment completed at the end of the module. For all these assessments students will be given a mark, plus an approximate GCSE grade to show the standard of their work, as well as feedback as to how to improve their work.

At the end of the Year, students will sit a formal exam in the Sports Hall during which they will complete a full Paper 1 and Paper 2 for English Language and an amalgamation of Paper 1 and Paper 2 for English Literature (covering A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls). These exams will be marked to exam board standards and a grade awarded for each GCSE. These results will be emailed home.

The marks/grades gained throughout the year (for assessments and the exam) will be used to provide both a ‘currently working at’ and a ‘predicted’ grade for both English Language and English Literature and this information will be sent home.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 10 in English?

Students will be set weekly homework that they will be expected to spend around 1 hour completing. The homework will be a variety of tasks that will primarily be:

  • Completion and practise of GCSE questions
  • Reading and re-reading of set texts
  • Guided revision of the set texts
  • Online revision using sites such as GCSEPod/BBCBitesize/Sparknotes/Youtube (revision lessons)/Genius
  • Writing and learning a speech
  • Learning quotes

Students are also expected to read for pleasure at home – they are supported with this by half-termly library lessons. This supports their literacy skills across all subjects.

How can I support my child to do well in English during Year 10?

  • Ensure they complete their homework properly
  • Ensure they have somewhere suitable to work, away from distractions but with online access when necessary.
  • Ensure they have their own copies of the set texts (these can be ordered via the school).
  • Buy a revision guide (order forms available to download via this website) and encourage independent revision.
  • Encourage independent reading, both of the set texts, but also fiction and non-fiction books for pleasure and non-fiction articles (newspapers, online articles etc.)

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • Students should be encouraged to seek assistance from their teacher during lessons, but also outside of lesson time, when they are struggling with any concept.
  • Free and specially edited revision guides are available on the VLE for all of the set texts.
  • Revision books can be purchased on all topics to assist with understanding and independent revision.
  • Students have access to GCSEpod, Sam Learning and the Kerboodle learning platforms which have a range of resources.