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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?

By the end of Year 11 you will be assessed on:

AQA Literature GCSE: Paper 1 - Shakespeare and Unseen Poetry.
AQA Literature GCSE: Paper 2 - Modern Text (Animal Farm), the Poetry Anthology (Power and Conflict) and the 19th Century Novel.

AQA Language GCSE: Non-exam Assessment: Speaking and Listening: a 3 – 5 minute speech in front of a small audience with questions posed at the end.
Language GCSE: Paper 1 - Fiction Reading and Fiction Writing
Language GCSE: Paper 2 – Non-Fiction Reading and Writing

Important Overview Documents

Curriculum Rationale
Key Learning Steps
Year 10 Literature and Language Road Map
Year 10 and 11 Literature and Language Road Map 
Personalised Learning Checklist - Literature (use for Y10 and Y11)
Personalised Learning Checklist - Language (use for Y10 and Y11)


Literature: Shakespeare, A Christmas Carol, Animal Farm, Power and Conflict and Unseen Poetry

Knowledge Organiser - Macbeth

Knowledge Organiser - Romeo and Juliet


Practice Questions - Macbeth

Practice Questions - Romeo and Juliet

A Christmas Carol or The Sign of Four

Practice Questions - A Christmas Carol
Practice Questions - Sign of Four

Animal Farm

Practice Questions


Practice Questions

Language: Paper 1 Fiction and Paper 2 Non-Fiction

Knowledge Organiser - Year 10 and 11

Personalised Learning Checklist

Language - Reading Fiction

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist

Language - Creative Writing

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist

Language - Reading Non-Fiction

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist

Language - Writing Non-Fiction

Knowledge Organiser
Personalised Learning Checklist

Spelling and Grammar

Knowledge Organiser

Useful Links

English Faculty Website

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