|Head of Department|
|Mrs M Williams|
|Mrs K Chellingworth|
|Miss R Davies|
|Mrs R Fulton|
|Miss C Jones|
|Mrs L Jones|
|Miss E Knight|
|Mr J Laidlaw|
|Mrs H Light|
|Miss S Owen|
|Miss K Phillips|
|Mrs S Rogers|
|Mrs J Sheldon|
|Mrs H Thomas|
All pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4 study English as a compulsory subject. The English Department consists of highly qualified full-time and part-time members of staff. Pupils follow the National Curriculum and sit two separate GCSEs in English and English Literature in Year 11.
The Department has an excellent record of examination success at GCSE and A Level which is a testament to the high quality teaching and learning that takes place throughout the key stages.
During Year 7 and 8, pupils will study a Shakespeare play, two novels, a selection of poetry and a pre-twentieth century text. Key skills in Literacy, ICT and Numeracy are developed and pupils study Welsh Literary heritage texts. This approach is continued throughout the key stages.
Year 9 and 10 pupils follow the new WJEC specifications for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
This course consists of two exams, worth a total of 60% of the overall mark, and a number of controlled assessments. The course is assessed as follows:
Please find a copy of the WJEC’s document outlining the GCSE English Language course.
This course consists of two exams, worth a total of 75% of the overall mark, and one controlled assessment. The course is assessed as follows:
More information about the GCSE English Literature can be found on WJEC’s website.
|Month||Year 10||Year 11|
|September/October||English Literature Unit 3: Controlled Assessment||English Language: Unit 3 Controlled Assessments|
|November/December||English Language Unit 4 Controlled Assessments and preparation for Unit 1 Mock exam||English Language revision of Unit 1 and Unit 2|
|External Exam: January||English Language Unit 1 and Unit 2 Exam|
|January/February||English Language: Preparation for Unit 2 Mock exam||English Literature Unit 2a: An Inspector Calls and About a Boy/Heroes|
|February/April||English Literature Unit 1: Of Mice and Men/To Kill a Mockingbird|
|April/June||English Literature: Unit 1 Unseen Poetry|
|External Exam: May/June||English Literature Unit 1 Exam||English Literature Unit 2a Exam|
|June/July||English Language: Unit 3 Controlled Assessment Writing|
Pupils can choose to study AS and A2 English Literature or AS and A2 English Language and Literature. They follow the WJEC specifications and study a range of prose, poetry and drama. They sit external examinations on set texts and complete coursework assignments that count for 40% of their final grade.
|AS (Year 12)||A2 (Year 13)|
|Coursework 40%||LT2 Internal Assessment
Prose Study & Creative ReadingSection A: Prose Study 1800-1945
Two texts: one piece of extended writing (40 marks)Section B: Creative Reading
One text: one piece of extended creative writing in response to wider reading of prose (20 marks) + commentary (20 marks)
|LT3 Internal Assessment
Period and Genre Study3 texts: one piece of extended writing on texts from different periods and genres, including poetry and prose (40 marks)
|Examination 60%: (June only)||LT1 2½ hour (open text)
Poetry and Drama 1Section A: Poetry post-1900
T S Eliot and W B Yeats (30 marks)Section B: Drama post-1990
Dancing at Lughnasa (Friel) (30 marks)
|LT4 2½ hour (closed text)
Poetry and Drama 2Section A: Critical Reading of Poetry
John Donne + unseen poetry (40 marks)Section B: Shakespeare and Related Drama
King Lear & Oedipus Rex (40 marks)
|AS (Year 12)||A2 (Year 13)|
|Coursework 40%||LL2: Internal Assessment
Creative Writing3 tasks (80 marks: 2 x 20; 1 x 40):
|LL3: Internal Assessment
Analysing and Producing Performance TextsSection A: Dramatic texts in contextOthello (Shakespeare) & A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams) ((40 marks)Section B: Producing texts for performance
|Examination 60% (June only)||LL1: 2.5 hours
Critical Reading of Literary and Non-Literary TextsSection A: Poetry pre-1900 (closed text) + unseen text (40 marks)Section B: Prose (open text)In Cold Blood (Capote) & True History of the Kelly Gang (Carey): (40 marks)
|LL4: 2.5 hours (open text)
Comparative Textual Analysis and ReviewSection A: Comparative analysis of texts3 unseen texts: (40 marks)Section B: Reviewing approachesWuthering Heights (poetry/prose – open text) (40 marks)
There are many opportunities for pupils of all ages to participate in external trips to theatres, cinemas and literary festivals. Visits to the school by external providers of drama productions and workshops are organised regularly by the Department. Homework clubs are also available to support pupils’ learning.
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