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      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:

      Language & 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 presentations and Q&A on chosen topic.  Key Assessment - Timed directed writing (argue and persuade) and GCSE Spoken Non-exam Assessed task practice.

      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. Key Assessment - Timed analysis questions on extracts from set text and unseen.

      Spring Term:

      Dystopias: Describing and Narrating - Exploration of the genre of dystopian fiction, exploring the conventions and contexts. Students will study a range of extracts to explore the development of the genre over time and experiment in their own writing. Key Assessment - Timed directed writing - describing and narrating.

      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. Key Assessment - Timed essay analyis of Macbeth & wider reading

      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. Key Assessment - Timed essay and short answers analysing perpared and unseen poems.

      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. Key Assessment - Timed textual analysis & contextual knowledge. GCSE Spoken Non-exam Assessed task.

      End of Year Exam - Exam covering key elements of the course studied throughout the year.

       

      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’ or 'Jane Eyre'.

        ( 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 Section A - Analysis and interpretation of texts. Unseen texts - 1 hour)

      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.

      2) Revise Shakespeare and 19th Century Novel

      (Mock Exam - GCSE Literature Paper 1A & B - Unprepared Shakespeare extract question & unprepared19th century prose extract question - 1 hour 45 minutes closed book)

      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 - argue/persuade - 1 hour 45 minutes)

      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)

      In Year 11 students will study the following:

      Autumn Term:

      1) Modern Texts and Shakespeare - Reading and exploring a modern (20th/21st century) set text. Analysis of the effects of writer's choices and ithe influence of relevant contextual factors such as historical setting, biographical information and social and political developments.

      The choice of text for each group is emailed to parents

      2) Revision of Power and Conflict poetry and unseen skills.

      (Assessment - GCSE Literature Paper 2A, B & C - Modern Text - Discursive essay, Poetry comparison, Unseen and comparison - Closed book 2 hours 15 minutes)

      3) Explorations in Creative Reading & Writing - Exploring and anlalysing fiction texts in preparation for unseen extracts in the examination. Texts are likely to be taken from 20th century writing, although examples from both 19th and 21st century will be considered.

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

      (Assessment - GCSE Language Paper 1A & B - Unseen extract analysis, narrative and descriptive writing - 1 hour 45 minutes)

      Spring and Summer Term:

      Revision - content determined according to needs of students.

      (Assessment - practice exam papers according to student need)

      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:

      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:

      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:

      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