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GCSE English

Curriculum Overview

English is both a knowledge and skills-based subject. This means that pupils continue to improve their skills in production of written and spoken English, their ability to receive what they read or hear and their ability to write with technical accuracy.

They also gain great knowledge from English Literature, including theories of Literature and cultural capital from the study of Literature across the ages. Pupils study different texts and modules each year but are marked against their progress using reading, writing and speaking and listening criteria.

How will I be assessed?

In Year 10 you will study the English Literature GCSE and be assessed in the following way:

  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th Century Text. Timing - 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Paper 2: Modern Text (Animal Farm), Poetry Anthology (Power and Conflict), Unseen Poetry. Timing - 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Speaking and Listening: a 3 – 5 minute speech in front of a small audience with questions posed at the end. These are recorded and are a requirement of the exam board.

In Year 11 you will study the English Language GCSE and be assessed in the following way:

  • Paper 1 - Fiction Reading and Fiction Writing
  • Paper 2 – Non-Fiction Reading and writing

Important Overview Documents

Curriculum Rationale
Key Learning Steps
Year 10 Road Map
Year 11 Road Map

Modules

Literature - Shakespeare

Knowledge Organiser - Romeo and Juliet
Personalised Learning Checklist - Romeo and Juliet
Knowledge Organiser - Merchant of Venice
Personalised Learning Checklist - Merchant of Venice
Knowledge Organiser - Macbeth
Personalised Learning Checklist - Macbeth
Past Paper Questions - Romeo and Juliet
Past Paper Questions - Merchant of Venice
Past Paper Questions - Macbeth

Literature - A Christmas Carol or The Sign of Four

Knowledge Organiser - A Christmas Carol
Personalised Learning Checklist - A Christmas Carol
Knowledge Organiser - Sign of Four
Personalised Learning Checklist - Sign of Four
Past Paper Questions - A Christmas Carol
Past Paper Questions - Sign of Four

Literature - Animal Farm

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist
Past Paper Questions

Literature - Poetry

Knowledge Organiser - Unseen Poetry
Personalised Learning Checklist - Unseen Poetry
Knowledge Organiser - Anthology of Poems
Personalised Learning Checklist - Anthology of Poems
Past Paper Questions

Language - Reading Fiction

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist
Past Paper

Language - Creative Writing

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist
Past Paper

Language - Reading Non-Fiction

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist
Past Paper

Language - Writing Non-Fiction

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist
Past Paper

Spelling and Grammar

Knowledge Organiser

Useful Links

English Faculty Website