KS4 English

Overview
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils should be taught to:

  • Increase the breadth of their reading through:
    • Studying high-quality, challenging, whole texts in detail including:
      • Two plays by Shakespeare
      • Representative romantic poetry
      • A nineteenth-century novel
      • Representative poetry of the First World War
      • British fiction, poetry or drama since the First World War
      • Seminal world literature, written in English
  • Read for understanding
  • Read critically
  • Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length
  • Plan, draft, edit, and proof-read confidently and effectively
  • Consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary
  • Speak confidently and effectively

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Assessment
The main form of assessment at this stage is GCSE and the specification used to deliver this is AQA. The use of controlled assessments will be phased out in the summer of 2015. Year 10 are already following a new terminal exam approach which will provided a GCSE qualification in English Language and also English Literature; these qualifications are also provided by AQA. In addition to these qualifications the opportunity for pupils to take Functional Skills Level 2 is also provided.

As students enter Year 11 they are given the opportunity to undertake additional English; this is an after school revision workshop delivered on a weekly basis for any pupils who wish to access it.

Home Learning
Home Learning is used to develop the skills necessary for the GCSE exams. Revision activities and exam questions will form a basis for measuring the understanding of pupils throughout Key Stage 4.

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