Key Stage 3
Areas of Study
Term 1: Poetry through the Ages
Term 2: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Term 3: An Introduction to Shakespeare
Term 4: Non-fiction texts (autobiographies and information texts)
Term 5: Modern Drama (such as Frankenstein by Philip Pullman)
Term 6: Modern Novel (such as Holes or Wonder)
Term 1: Drama (such as Pygmalion or The Importance of Being Earnest)
Term 2: Poetry from different cultures
Term 3: Pre-20th Century novel (such as A Study in Scarlet or Great Expectations)
Term 4: Modern Novel (such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time or The Outsiders)
Term 5: The Art of Rhetoric
Term 6: Shakespeare
Term 1: An introduction to Gothic Literature
Term 2: Poetry
Term 3: Shakespeare
Term 4: Modern Novel (such as To Kill a Mockingbird or I capture the Castle)
Term 5: Writing for Audience, Impact and Purpose
Term 6: Begin GCSE Modern Drama text An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley
Key Stage 4
Subject: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature (OCR)
Links to other subjects / degrees / careers:
In developing the ability to communicate in all forms, both verbal and written, English is the foundation for all further study and every career.
Skills / competencies developed:
English is a core subject developing skills of literacy. It enables students to write extended pieces of work in a logical and developed manner, whilst acknowledging the importance of technical accuracy; in addition, it teaches students to formulate arguments supported by evidence. Skills in speaking and listening are developed throughout the course, and are assessed separately from the GCSE examination (see below).
Component 1: Communicating Information and Ideas (2 hour examination; 50% of total marks)
This paper has two parts worth 40 marks each. In part A students read and compare non-fiction texts, one nineteenth-century, the other from the twentieth or twenty-first centuries. In part B they write one original piece of non-fiction for a particular audience and purpose.
Component 2: Exploring Effects and Impact (2 hour examination; 50% of total marks)
This paper has two parts worth 40 marks each. In part A students read and compare literary prose texts, including literary non-fiction; in part B they write one original piece of creative writing.
Component 3: Spoken Language (non-exam assessment)
Students deliver a presentation on an agreed topic, then listen and respond appropriately to questions and feedback.
Component 1: Exploring Modern and Literary Heritage Texts (2 hour examination; 50% of total marks)
This is in two sections. Section A focuses on one modern drama set text (An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley). Section B focuses on one 19th century prose set text (e.g. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen).
Component 2: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare (2 hour examination; 50% of total marks)
This is in two sections. Section A focuses on a themed poetry cluster from the OCR set poetry anthology. Section B focuses on one set Shakespeare play (e.g. Macbeth).