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      English

      The English Faculty at Harlington offers several pathways leading to a range of GCSE and A level qualifications for our students. We organise our curriculum so that it provides opportunities for students to work at a pace suitable to their abilities and interests; students are set carefully to enable them to make progress. We encourage all students to take charge of their learning and support the development of the skills required through our programmes of study and homework tasks.

      English provides students with the written and oral communication skills and thinking skills required in employment and further study. We aim to foster a love of our subjects, both in and out of lesson time, and provide extra – curricular activities where students can develop their interests and improve their skills.

      Year 9

      In year 9, students will study the following:

      Autumn Term:

      Analysing and Creating Texts -Key knowledge of fiction and non-fiction texts and skills in summarising, analysing argument and exploring writers’ methods. Creative writing from stimuli, devices to manipulate responses and how to construct texts effective for purpose and audience.

      Dreams and Dystopias: Studying the Novel - Study of a substantial prose text in full, exploring meanings, characterisation and context. Skills in close reading of extracts as well as exploring the significance of extracts in terms of the whole text will be developed. 

      Spring Term:

      Language and Power: Rhetoric - Study of the power of language to change the world, focusing on the political and the personal with a range of texts and extracts to inform students’ writing.  Completion of group presentations and Q&A on chosen topic.

      Literary Reading: Villains in Literature - Study of the Shakespeare play Macbeth in terms of context, character and theme. Students study the whole play in conjunction with a range of texts and extracts presenting other arguably villainous characters. 

      Summer Term:

      Knowledge of Poetic Forms - Developing knowledge and skills in exploring poetry across time, focusing particularly on key forms such as the sonnet, monologues and free verse. Studying key poems preparing for GCSE English Literature.

      Victoriana: Fiction and Non-Fiction - Exploration of the writing of the 19th century, exploring extracts of fiction and non-fiction, explicitly considering how they sit in the context in the Victorian period.

      Assessment includes unseen reading analysis questions, directed writing from stimulus , poetry comparison and stimulus writing, analysis of Macbeth and wider reading and an end of year exam, which will cover key elements of the course studied throughout the year. There will also be a GCSE Spoken Non-exam Assessed task in the Spring Term.

      Year 10 and 11

      Course

      GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      English Language – AQA Syllabus 8700

      English Literature – AQA Syllabus 8702

      Grade Equivalences

      9 to 1

      Hours Taught (per cycle)

      8 hours

       

      Assessment Route

      100% Examination and Separate Endorsement for Spoken Language

      English Language – 2 written papers of 1 hr 45 mins each

      English Literature – 2 written papers, one of 1 hr 45 mins                         and the other 2 hrs 15 mins

      In Year 10 students will study the following:

      Autumn Term:

      1) 19th Century Novel (GCSE Literature Paper 1 Section B) - Study of 19th century prose text. ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’.

        ( Assessment - Analysis of an extract from the set text - Closed book 50 minutes)

      2) 'Rich and Poor': Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives (GCSE Language  Paper 2) - Analysing fiction extracts. Texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century will be explored, around the theme of ‘Rich and Poor’ to complement the study of the 19th century novel.

      Writing to argue and debate. Constructing texts for designated purposes and audiences and exploring methods and devices to construct effective arguments.

      (Assessment - Analysis and comparison of texts - Unseen texts 1 hour)

      Spring Term:

      1) Shakespeare (GCSE Literature Paper 1 Section A) - Study of a Shakespeare play:Romeo and Juliet or The Merchant of Venice.

      Exploration of the whole play will cover: plot development and structure; characterisation and theme; and relevant social and historical contexts. At GCSE, students will be expected to respond to a question on an extract taken from anywhere in the text, analysing the extract alone and in the context of the play as a whole.

      The choice of text for each group is emailed to parents prior to study.

      (Assessment - Exploration of an extract from the Shakespeare play - Prepared extract 55 minutes)

      2) 'Love and Conflict': Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (GCSE Language Paper 1) - READING: Students explore and analyse fiction extracts in preparation for unseen extracts in examination. Texts are likely to be taken from 20th century writing, though examples from both 19th and 21st century will be considered.

      A selection of texts and extracts are used to stimulate approaches to different genres and explore conventions. Exploring writing from specific viewpoints from 19th – 21st century including, editorial, polemic, speeches, campaign materials, political treatise.

      WRITING: Responding creatively to stimuli to inform writing to describe. Revision of techniques and experimentation with different features to engage.

      The GCSE Power and Conflict poetry cluster will be used as stimulus material for discussion and writing.

      (Assessment - GCSE Language Paper 1 Question 5 - Writing from stimulus: Describe 45 minutes)

      Summer Term:

      1) Poetry: Anthology and Unseen (GCSE Literature) - LITERATURE: Study of a set collection of poetry for which an anthology is provided by the exam board. Texts are connected by theme and explored in their own contexts and in conjunction with each other. Unseen skills are developed and interpretative skills are the key focus.

      (Mock Exam - GCSE Literature Paper 2B - Complete Poetry sections (B&C))

      2) Revise Shakespeare 

      (Mock Exam - GCSE Literature Paper 1A - Unprepared Shakespeare extract question)

      3) Writing for purpose and audience (GCSE Language question 5s) - 

      WRITING: Students will focus on writing from specific viewpoints and perspectives, argument and debate, exploring the impact of purpose and audience on a writer’s choices of style and approach. Experimentation with argument and rhetorical structures to manipulate reader response.

      A selection of texts and extracts are used to stimulate approaches to different genres and explore conventions. Exploring writing from specific viewpoints from 19th – 21st century including, editorial, polemic, speeches, campaign materials, political treatise. 

      4) Revise Language Paper 2, questions 1 - 4

      (Mock Exam - GCSE Language Paper 2 - Full paper: Analysis and comparison of two unseen texts linked by a theme, followed by a related set writing task)

      July:

      1) Spoken Language - Students plan, prepare and deliver individual presentations on a topic of their choice for this compulsory, non-exam assessed unit. Preparation must involve the ability to listen and respond to questions and the use of standard English. Students will draw on their knowledge of conventions of speech writing and debate. 

      (Assessment - Individual presentations and subsequent Q&A sessions: Pass, Merit, Distinction)

      Additional Information

      Teaching groups are set according to ability and prior attainment so that work can be carried out at a level most suited to the individual student.  Our aim is for the students to enjoy their studies and to work at an appropriate pace. All students will follow the same curriculum. Student progress will be monitored over the course of the GCSE to ensure that they are appropriately challenged.

      Year 12 and 13

      As well as the opportunity to re-sit GCSE English Language for those students who have not achieved a Grade 4 before joining Sixth Form, we offer the following 2 A level courses.

      Course

      GCE A Level English Language

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA – 2705 Specification B

      Grades

      A*-E

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      Grade 4 in English language and English Literature. Recommended grade 5.

       

      Assessment Route

      Paper 1 (150 minute exam) 100 marks 40% of final grade

      Paper 2 (150 minute exam) 100 marks 40% of final grade

      Paper 3 (Coursework 3,500 words) 100 marks 20% of final grade

      This course aims to develop your interest in English Language through learning about its structures and functions, its developments and variations. You will develop your skills in speech and writing, in particular, in producing texts for different audiences and purposes and across different genres. English Language is a subject that requires you to read widely and analyse a broad range of texts whether those are written, spoken or multi-modal. This course encourages you to take responsibility for your own learning and establishes strong academic principles relating to working with data and the construction of coherent arguments and interpretations. The focus is all about debating issues within language and being more critical and conscious about how meanings are shaped. The ‘workshop’ style of teaching and learning encourages academic confidence.

       

      Paper 1 – Language, the individual and society

      • Textual variations and representations
      • Children’s language development (0-11 years)

      Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

       

      Paper 2 – Language diversity and change

      • Language diversity and change
      • Language discourses
      • Writing skills

      Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

       

      Paper 3 – Language in Action

      • Language investigation
      • Original writing

      Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

      Learning strategies (include variety of lesson delivery and expectations of study):

      • Discussion and seminar work
      • Presentations
      • Note making and consolidation
      • Creative Writing
      • Text transformation
      • Writing non-fiction
      • Mini-essays
      • Extended written analyses
      • Language analysis work
      • Transcribing spoken texts
      • Research and data gathering
      • Investigations
      • Educational visits/trips
      • Independent reading and study

       

       

      Course

      GCE A Level English Literature

       

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA – 2740  Specification A

       

      Grades

      A*-E

       

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      Grade 4 in English language and English Literature. Recommended grade 5.

       

       

      Assessment Route

      Paper 1 (180 minute exam) 75 marks 40% of final grade

      Paper 2 (150 minute exam) 75 marks 40% of final grade

      Paper 3 (Coursework) 50 marks 20% of final grade

             

      This course aims to develop your interest and enjoyment of English Literature through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genres and genders. You will explore alternative views about texts and come to more convincing interpretations as a result. As a discursive subject, debate in lessons is an important way that you will form opinions about texts. The course’s aim is for you to be critical, so the most significant skill you will develop is how to construct logical and coherent written arguments. You will develop as an informed, independent reader, reaching an understanding of meaning through the close study of texts, learned knowledge of contexts and a consideration of other possible meanings.

       

      Paper 1 – Love through the ages

      Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.

       

      Exam will include two unseen poems.

       

      Paper 2 – Texts in shared contexts

      Choice of two options:

       

      Option 2B: Modern times – literature from 1945 to the present day.

       

      Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000.

       

      Exam will include an unseen extract.

       

      Paper 3 – Independent critical study – texts across time

      Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of them must have been written pre-1900.

       

      One extended essay (2,500 words) and a bibliography.

       

      Learning strategies (include variety of lesson delivery and expectations of study):

      • Discussion and seminar work
      • Presentations
      • Note making and consolidation
      • Mini-essays
      • Longer, exploratory essays
      • Language analysis work
      • Text transformation
      • Use of ICT resources
      • Educational visits/trips
      • Independent reading and study