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Course Title: GCSE English Language / English Literature

Examination Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements (if appropriate): Not Applicable

Contact: Mr J MacIntyre

 

English Language Specification Code: 1EN0

 

English Language Exam board website:qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-language-2015.html

English Literature Specification Code: 1ET0
English Language Exam board website:
qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-literature-2015.html  

 

 

Course Aims:

Edexcel English Language enables Students to:

Speak to communicate clearly and purposefully; structure and sustain talk, adapting it to different situations and audiences using standard English.

  • Understand variations in spoken language, explaining why language changes in relation to different situations.
  • Read and understand texts, selecting material appropriate to purpose, collating from different sources making comparisons and cross references.
  • Write to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, using and adapting forms selecting vocabulary appropriate to task and purpose in ways that engage the reader.

 

Edexcel English Literature enables students to:

  • Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.
  • Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers' presentation of ideas, themes and settings.
  • Make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers' different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects.
  • Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers.

 

Assessment tasks

One recorded speech during Year 10, with Question and Answer session with audience afterwards, which gives a separate Speaking award score.

  • As a linear specification, all assessment takes place via examination at the end of Year 11.

How will I learn:

Through the study of novels, plays, poetry, media and non-fiction texts, you will deconstruct and analyse news reports, articles, films, advertisements, magazines, scripts and a wealth of material and resources. You will experience and draw on performances by poets and drama groups and be able to talk to authors about writing styles.

 

Subject summary: Year 7 English Programme of Study

Speaking and Listening:

Pupils develop confidence and ability in speaking for public and formal purposes, evaluating the way language is used. They read classic and contemporary texts and explore social and moral issues.

Reading:

Pupils develop their reading skills, becoming enthusiastic, discriminating and responsive readers, understanding layers of meaning and appreciating what they read on a critical level, why texts are influential or significant and how meaning is conveyed in different forms.

Writing:

Pupils develop confidence and skill in writing for a range of purposes developing their own distinctive style. They learn to write correctly, using different formats, layouts and presentational devices.

 

Extra Support:

All Year 7 students will be enrolled in the 'Accelerated Reader' programme in order to help their progression. This comprises of:

  • Weekly reading lessons.
  • Quizzes that allow for the monitoring of reading.
  • Termly tests that check the reading ability of students.

Some Year 7 and Year 8 students will also use the 'Read Write Inc.' phonics programme to help support their development. This is targeted for students for whom reading, spelling and writing has been difficult, providing intervention and extra lessons to improve.

 

Subject summary: Year 8 English Programme of Study

 

Speaking and Listening:

Pupils reflect on the development of their abilities as speakers in a range of different contexts, listen for a specific purpose, paying sustained attention and selecting for comment or question that which is relevant.

Reading:

Pupils develop ability to combine information from a variety of sources, undertake independent research using a range of reading strategies, trace the development of themes, values or ideas in the texts and analyse the overall structure to identify how key ideas are developed.

Writing:

Pupils experiment with different styles of writing, planning, drafting and proofreading, using writing for thinking and learning, developing the use of commentary and description in narrative and explaining complex ideas and information clearly.

 

Subject summary: Year 9 English Programme of Study

 

Speaking and Listening:

Pupils develop the ability to reflect on their skills as speakers in a range of contexts; identifying areas for improvement. They use Standard English to explain, explore or justify ideas; compare points of view, identifying themes and issues raised by discussion.

Reading:

Pupils review and extend their own strategies for locating, appraising and extracting relevant information. They develop their ability to analyse social, historical and cultural context, explaining their significance and relevance over time and learn to evaluate their own critical writing about texts.

Writing:

Pupils will develop their ability to write for a range of purposes and audiences; produce formal essays in Standard English, writing fluently and legibly with technical accuracy. Explore different forms of writing, developing the use of literary devices and creative features of language.

 

Subject summary: Year 10 English Programme of Study

 

Speaking and Listening:

Students develop the ability to formulate, clarify, and express their ideas; adapt their speech to a wide range of circumstances; listen, understand and respond appropriately to others.

Reading:

Students develop their ability to read accurately and fluently; understand, respond to and enjoy literature of increasing complexity drawn from the English literary heritage and from different cultures and traditions; and analyse and evaluate a wide range of texts.

Writing:

Develop ability to construct and convey meaning in written standard English, including the use of compositional skills to develop ideas and communicate meaning to a reader. Develop a wide range of vocabulary; organising and structuring sentences grammatically.

 

Subject summary: Year 11 English Programme of Study

 

Speaking and Listening:

Students learn to formulate, clarify, and express their ideas; adapt their speech to a wide range of circumstances; listen, understand and respond appropriately to others, contributing to discussions with perception and insight.

Reading:

Students develop their ability to read accurately and fluently; understand, respond to and enjoy literature of increasing complexity drawn from the English literary heritage and from different cultures and traditions; analyse, deconstruct and evaluate a wide range of texts.

Writing:

Develop ability to construct and convey meaning in written standard English, in a variety of style and form, including the use of compositional skills to develop ideas and communicate meaning to a reader. Develop a wide range of vocabulary; organising and structuring sentences grammatically.