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Year 11 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 did 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.

What will my child study during Year 11?

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 or language analysis skills whilst teaching Macbeth, by teaching one or two relevant poems and then reverting back to the play).

HALF TERM

TOPIC/CURRICULUM/TEXT

SKILLS & SPECIIFIC FOCUS

Autumn 1

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Literature Paper 1)
  • Plot, themes, character, language, structure, context & exam skills.

Autumn 2

  • Writing to Describe/Narrate and Writing to Persuade (English Language Papers 1 and 2)

 

  • Literature revision: A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls

 

  • Writing for purpose, SPAG, crafting and use of literary devices (e.g. similes, metaphors), paragraphing, sentence types, planning and editing
  • Revision of plot, themes, character, language, context, structure and exam skills

 

Spring 1

  • Revision English Language Papers 1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • English Language Mock Exams Papers 1 and 2
  • Unseen Poetry (Literature Paper 2).

 

  • Literature Mocks (Papers 1 and 2)
  • Revision of Reading skills: comprehension, analysis and evaluation of language and structure, summarising, comparison.
  • Revision of Writing skills: Writing for purpose, SPAG, crafting and use of literary devices (e.g. similes, metaphors), paragraphing, sentence types, planning and editing
  • Exam skills
  • Analysis of language, structure and ideas in Unseen Poems; comparison skills
  • Exam skills; set texts – Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls and Unseen Poetry

Spring 2

  • Revision and Exams Skills Practice for English Language Papers 1 and 2 and English Literature Papers 1 and 2, as appropriate to students’ needs (identified from Mock Exams).
  • All skills as above.

 

Summer 1

  • Revision and Exams Skills Practice for English Language Papers 1 and 2 and English Literature Papers 1 and 2, as appropriate to students’ needs (identified from Mock Exams).
  • All skills as above.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in English in Year 11?

English Literature: when students have completed studying and/or revising each set text, they will complete an exam-style assessment in class e.g. In Autumn Term 1, they will complete an exam question on Macbeth, 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 each writing 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.

Year 11 students will sit formal mock exams in the Sports Hall in English Language (Paper 1 and Paper 2) in January and English Literature (Paper 1 and Paper 2) in February. They will then complete a second mock exam in English Language (reading sections only) in March – this will be done in the classroom.

These exams will be marked to exam board standards and a grade awarded for each GCSE. The results of the formal mock exams 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 11 in English?

Primarily in Year 11, student are expected to be revising independently on a regular weekly basis. In addition and to support this, 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
  • 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 11?

  • 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?

  • Revision/booster classes will be scheduled for after school during the course of the year and we would encourage your child to attend these.
  • 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 platform which have a range of resources.

What work did students complete during the school closures that they may not fully understand?

  • Persuasive writing and analysis of unseen poetry (second school closure)
  • Macbeth (first school closure).

How will we support those students who were unable to work properly during the school closures and have gaps in their knowledge/understanding?

  • The topics and skills listed above will be revisited in Year 11 (and have also been in the Summer Term of Year 10).

What changes have been made to the exams to take into account the disruption due to the pandemic?

This section will be completed once the decisions have been made by the exam board