English

We aim to instill in our learners a love and appreciation of literature and of all other written media, and to produce skilled analysts who can respond to texts in a thoughtful, mature and critical manner, as though they are literary experts. We intend to nurture open and discerning minds, and encourage our young people to try to understand others of all faiths and beliefs, appreciating diversity in the world, and being ready to challenge issues which are not aligned with the values of our school and British values. Our learners will leave Thamesmead School equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge required to navigate and understand the modern world, including possessing excellent oracy skills so that they are able to clearly express themselves and make their voices heard.

KS4 Current year 10 and 11

Students complete their two English qualifications, English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE (AQA)

All units of learning focus on knowledge and skill development, and entail learners revisiting and consolidating learning of all set texts and papers. Revision strategies including memory recall quizzes, knowledge checkers, creation of revision resources, exam skills.

What will I study as part of GCSE English Language?

Assessment Objectives English Language

Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.

Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.

Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.

Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.

Writing

Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.

Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

What will I study as part of GCSE English Literature?

Students study An Inspector Calls, Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, Power and Conflict poetry.

Assessment Objectives English Literature

Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to:

  • maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response
  • use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

What is the exam format?

English Language – 2 written papers taken at the end of Year 11

English Literature – 2 written papers taken at the end of Year 11

What careers might this lead to?

English skills are vital to the majority of careers. Students who excel in English may consider careers in journalism, teaching, law, drama, media, marketing and communications.

Useful website links & Revision Guides:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zt3rkqt

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/

https://www.senecalearning.com/

Youtube channels of Mr Bruff, Mr Salles and Stacey Reay

Other useful websites:

(log on codes available from your English teacher)

Lexia

https://www.lexiapowerup.com/?SiteID=9148-8811-6806-3862

Reading Cloud

https://www.readingcloud.net/?refresh=12:04:46%20PM