From the outset of Year 7, we follow a series of schemes of learning that blend skills and content. Students are introduced to a range of text types from non-fiction to poetry and begin to build the skills necessary for future success. Our aim is to build on students’ learning from KS2 and continue to develop their ability in English. Throughout the year, we assess pupils’ reading and writing via the APP assessment model and continually offer feedback and targets, to create a dialogue between the students and teachers, in order to help all of our pupils achieve and indeed exceed expected progress.
In Year 8, we build on the good progress and learning that has been established in Year 7 and introduce the students to increasingly complex ideas and texts. We recognise the need to encourage creativity as well as build skills, so as our students move through Year 8, they are immersed in work that is not only a stepping stone for later GCSE success, but which will also give them a wider cultural knowledge, as well as offer them the opportunity to begin to develop their own analytical appreciation of a variety of works. This sort of learning is fostered through our work with The University of Cambridge and such innovative schemes as our Storytelling Project.
During Years 9, 10 & 11 our focus is on preparing the students for GCSE success, at both English Language and Literature GCSE courses. The highly regarded Cambridge iGCSE course allows our students to refine their skills in the production of coursework, speaking and listening presentations and terminal examinations. As we move to a 3 year Key Stage 4, Year 9 starts with learning and applying new skills in reading and writing, studying several key texts from drama to novels and a range of poetry.
Cambridge international Level1/2 Certificate First Language English (0522)
Candidates sit either Core (C-G) or Extended (A*-E) tier assessments.
Paper 1 involves answering 3 questions on 2 passages to test students’ understanding of what they have read. This paper lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes for Core candidates and 2 hours for Extended and is worth 40% of the final mark.
The next component involves 3 written coursework assignments- each of which is between 500 and 800 words in length, which we mark and the exam board moderate. This is also worth 40% of the final GCSE mark.
The final component involves a Speaking and Listening presentation, in which candidates undertake an individual task and then take part in a discussion, responding to a series of teacher’s questions. These activities are recorded and are worth 20% of the final mark.
Literature exam: www.cie.org.uk
Cambridge International Literature iGCSE (0486)
Candidates sit a single tiered course of assessment. This involves 2 exams and a portfolio of 2 assignments.
The first component (Paper 1) is based on poetry and prose studied in class. This involves answering 2 questions: 1 on poetry; 1 on prose. This paper lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the final mark.
The next component (component 3) involves an examination on drama and requires students to respond to a drama text (pupils are permitted to have clean copies of the text present during the exam). This exam consists of a single question, lasting for 45 minutes and worth 25% of the final mark.
The final component (component 5) involves 2 written coursework assignments- each on a different text – though 1 text can overlap with a text studied in the Paper 1 exam. Each assignment is between 600 and 1200 words in length, which we mark and the exam board moderate. This is also worth 25% of the final GCSE mark.
Many students interested in English Language choose to pursue a career in the media, whether as a journalist or in another writing related job. It is also a versatile subject and so it is possible to move into different careers that use the many skills you have obtained over the duration of your course. Publishing is another great career that English graduates have recently began to pursue.