Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

English

Head of Department
Mrs M Williams
Teachers
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 (English Literature in Year 10 and English Language 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.
 
In Year 7, pupils will study one of the following novels in class:

  • Point Blanc – Anthony Horowitz
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J K Rowling
  • Boy – Roald Dahl
  • Abomination – Robert Swindells
  • Skellig – David Almond

 
In Year 8, pupils will study one of the following novels in class:

  • Darkside – Tom Becker
  • Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  • Holes – Louis Sachar

 

Key Stage 3 English

Year 7

Term 1
‘Positivity’
Term 2
‘Caring for the Planet’
Term 3
‘Supernatural’
Reading:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Summary
  • Multiple Choice
  • December Exam
Reading:

  • Synthesis
  • Inference (PEE)
  • ‘Reflections’ poem found
Reading:

  • Comparison
  • Explain
  • Sequencing
  • Summer Exam
Writing:

Description
T: ‘Description of setting based on novel’

Writing:

Essay writing
T: ‘Should animals be kept in captivity?’
Persuasive charity leaflet

Writing:

Review writing
T: ‘Write a review of ‘Wallace and Gromit the Curse of the Were Rabbit’

Oracy:

T: ‘All About Me’

Oracy:

Group discussion on the following:
P: Should exotic animals be kept as pets

Oracy:

N/A

Skills covered:

  • Figurative language
  • Speech writing/rhetorical devices
  • Full stops
  • Capital letters
  • Sentence structures
  • Paragraphs
Skills covered:

  • Apostrophes
  • Commas
  • Paragraph structure for essays e.g. topic sentence.
  • Text purpose
Skills covered:

  • Formal/informal language
  • Connectives

Key Stage 3 English

Year 8

Term 1
‘Overcoming Challenges’
Term 2
‘Teenagers Today’
Term 3
‘Travels’
Reading:

  • Inference questions
  • Sequence
  • December Exam
Reading:

  • Synthesis
  • Evaluate and reflect
Reading:

  • Comparison
  • Explain
  • Summer Exam
Writing:

Account Writing
T: ‘Write about a time you overcame a challenge.’

Writing:

S: Write a review of the episode ‘____________’ (Junior Apprentice Series 1).

Writing:

Travel Writing
T: ‘Write about an interesting trip/holiday you have been on’

Oracy:

N/A

Oracy:

Group discussion on the following:
P: ‘Bring back work experience for teenagers’

Oracy:

T: ‘Greatest place on earth’

Skills covered:

  • Narrative devices:

Pathetic fallacy
Hyperbole
Dialogue
Personification

Skills covered:

  • Article writing
  • Lively engaging writing/tone for audience
  • Parenthesis
Skills covered:

  • Humour
  • Sophisticated vocab
  • Imagery

Key Stage 4

GCSE English Language

This course consists of two exams, worth a total of 80% of the overall mark, and a Non Examination Unit (Unit 1 Oracy) worth 20%. The course is assessed as follows:

Unit 1 20% Oracy
  • Individual Researched Presentation (based on WJEC set themes)
  • Responding and Interacting (Group discussion on stimuli provided by WJEC)
Unit 2: (2 hour examination worth 40% of GCSE)
  • Section A 20% Reading Understanding of at least one description, one narrative and one exposition text, including continuous and non-continuous texts, assessed through structured questions. This section will also include an editing task worth 5 marks.
  • Section B 20% Writing One writing task selected from a choice of two that could be description, narration or exposition. This section will also include a proof reading task worth 5 marks. Half of the marks for will be awarded for communication and organisation and the other half for writing accurately.
Unit 3: (2 hour examination worth 40% of GCSE)
  • Section A Reading (20%) Understanding of at least one argumentation, one persuasion and one instructional text, including continuous and non-continuous texts, assessed through structured questions.
  • Section B Writing (20%) One compulsory argumentation writing task and one compulsory persuasion writing task. Half of the marks for will be awarded for communication and organisation and the other half for writing accurately.

Useful Link: English Language GCSE in Wales.

GCSE English Literature

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:

  • Unit 1: 35% (2hrs)
    • Unit 1: Prose (different cultures) and poetry (contemporary)
    • Section A 21% (INDIVIDUAL TEXTS IN CONTEXT)
      • Different Cultures Prose: Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck) OR To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
    • Section B 14% (COMPARATIVE STUDY) Contemporary:
      • Contemporary: Unseen poetry comparison
  • Unit 2a: 40% (2hours)
    • Unit 2a: Literary heritage drama and contemporary prose
    • English/Welsh/Irish Literary Heritage Drama: An Inspector Calls (Priestley)
    • Contemporary Prose: Heroes (Cormier) OR About a Boy (Hornby)
  • Unit 3 25% Controlled Assessment (LINKED TEXTS)
    • Unit 3:
    • Section A: Shakespeare Assessment will be based on a thematic essay question on a Shakespeare play. Candidates will be required to study a Shakespeare play) in its entirety. The stipulated theme for study will be published on the WJEC secure website. Candidates may have up to 2 hours to complete this non-examination assessment.
    • Section B: Welsh Writing in English Assessment will be based on a group of 15 thematically linked poems taken from the Library of Wales anthology, Poetry 1900-2000: One Hundred Poets from Wales (edited by Meic Stephens). Candidates will be required to study all the poems listed for the chosen theme. The stipulated theme for study will be published on the WJEC secure website. Candidates may have up to 2 hours to complete this non-examination assessment.

Useful Link: English Literature GCSE.

GCSE Overview

Year 9 Year 10
Lang and Lit Students
Year 10
Language students
Year 11
September/October English Language
Thematic Units
Rebellion
Dystopia
Unit 3 Shakespeare
Non Examination Unit
Unit 1 Individual Presentation Skills

Unit 1 Group Interaction Skills

English Language
Thematic Unit

  • Life

Unit 1 Group
Interaction(assessed)

November/December Unit 3 Poetry Non
Examination Unit

Revision Unit 1

English Language
Thematic Unit
English Language
Thematic Units

  • Gothic
  • Charity
  • Celebrations
External Exam January Unit 1 Literature
January/February Unseen Poetry Unit 2 Literature Texts
Heroes or About a Boy
An Inspector Calls
English Language Thematic Units:

  • Space
  • Gothic
  • Danger of Death

Pupils will also read a class text selected by the individual teacher

English Language Thematic Units:

  • New Beginnings
  • Relationships
  • Wales
  • Weather and Environment
March Unit 1 Literature Text
Of Mice and Men
or
To Kill a Mocking bird
April / May
External Exam English Literature Unit 2a Exam Units 2 and 3 GCSE English Language
June / July English Language
Improving Writing
Unit 1 Individual Presentation (assessed) Unit 1 Individual Presentation (assessed)

Key Stage 5

A Level Language and Literature

AS Level
Unit 1 20% Comparative analysis and creative writing (closed book) 2 hour examination Pre 1914 Poetry Anthology Section A: Comparative analysis of poetry and unseen text
One question requiring a comparative analysis of one poem from the WJEC English Language and Literature Pre-1914 Poetry Anthology and an unseen text from a choice of two, one of which will be a spoken text.
Section B: Creative writing and commentary
One question presented in three parts comprising two writing tasks, one of which will require a text written to be spoken, and a commentary
Unit 2 20% Drama and Non-literary Text Study (open book) 2 hour examination In Cold Blood Capote

A Street Named Desire Williams
Section A: Post-1900 drama
One two-part question based on the reading of one play from a prescribed list
Section B: Non-literary text study
One question based on the reading of one non-literary text from a prescribed list
A2 Level
Unit 3 20% Shakespeare (closed book) 2 hour examination King Lear Section A: Shakespeare extract
One extract-based question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play from the prescribed list for thisunit
Section B: Shakespeare essay
One essay question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play from the prescribed list for this unit
Unit 4 20% Unseen Texts and Prose Study (open book) 2 hour examination The Color Purple Walker Section A: Unseen texts
One question requiring comparative analysis of three unseen texts, one of which will be spoken language
Section B: Prose study
One question based on the reading of one prose text from a prescribed list
Unit 5 20% Critical and Creative Genre Study Non Examination Unit Theme: Dystopia Section A: Genre study
A critical and sustained study of a prose genre
Section B: Related creative writing
One original writing assignment linked to the genre studied for Section A

2,500-3,500 word folder

Useful Link: English Language and Literature.

A Level Literature

AS Level
Unit 1 20% Prose and Drama (closed book) 2 hour examination Mayor of Casterbridge Hardy Hardy
A Streetcar Named Desire Williams
Section A: Prose fiction pre-1900
One question in two parts, based on the reading of one prose text from a prescribed list

Section B: Drama
One question based on the reading of one play from a prescribed list

Unit 2 20% Poetry Post 1900 (open book) 2 hour examination Ted Hughes: Poems selected by Simon Armitage (Faber)

Sylvia Plath: Poems selected by Ted Hughes (Faber)

Section A: Critical analysis
One question requiring critical analysis of one poem from the prescribed list of poetry texts for this unit

Section B: Poetry comparison
One question requiring comparison of two poetry texts from the prescribed list for this unit

A2 Level
Unit 3 20% Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry (open book) 2 hour examination Christina Rossetti: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) Section A: Poetry pre-1900
One question in two parts, based on the reading of one poetry text from a prescribed list

Section B: Unseen poetry
One question requiring comparative analysis of two unseen poems

Unit 4 20% Shakespeare (closed book) 2 hour examination King Lear Section A: Shakespeare extract
One question based on an extract from one Shakespeare play.

Section B: Shakespeare essay
One essay question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play.

Unit 5 20% Prose Study Non Examination Unit One pre 2000 novel
One post 2000 novel
One 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts from different periods,
one pre-2000 and one post-2000, nominated by the centre.

Useful Link: English Literature.

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