Ysgol Stanwell School

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

English

Head of Department
Mrs M Williams
Teachers
Miss R Davies
Mrs R Fulton
Miss C Jones
Mrs L Jones
Miss E Knight
Mr J Laidlaw
Miss S Owen
Miss K Phillips
Mrs S Rogers
Mrs J Sheldon
Miss I Smith
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.

 

Key Stage 3 English

 

Year 7

Term 1
‘Children’s Fiction’
Term 2
‘Class text’
Term 3
‘Caring for the Planet’
Reading

    Novels:

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
  • A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens (Christmas lesson only)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
  • Boy and other works by Roald Dahl
  • ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ by T S Eliot
Reading:

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

  • Non Fiction texts
  • ‘Reflections’ poem found
Writing:

Description
T: ‘Description of setting based on novel’

Writing:

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

Oracy:

Individual Presentation

 

 

 

Oracy:

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

Key Stage 3 English

 

Year 8

Term 1
Short Story Unit
Term 2
Class text
Term 3
‘Teenagers Today’
Short Stories

  1. Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty
  2. I Never Forget a Face by Lennie Henry
  3. Humming Through My Fingers by Malorie Blackman
  4. Ozioma the Wicked by Nnedi Okorafor
  5. Gelert [Traditional Welsh]
  6. Jumanji by Chris van Allensburg

Short Films

  1. ‘Synaesthesia’ dir. Terri Timely
  2. ‘Item 47’ dir. Louis d’Esposito
  3. ‘The Black Hole’ dir. Philip Sansom, Olly Williams

Poetry

Talkin’ Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah (Christmas lesson only)

  • Darkside – Tom Becker
  • Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  • Holes – Louis Sachar
  • Non Fiction texts
Writing:

Description of setting

Writing:

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

Writing:

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

Oracy:

 

Oracy:

N/A

Oracy:

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

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 9-11 overview Entry 2022 (current year 10)

Year 9
September – January 2019/2020 Thematic Unit focusing on GCSE Language skills Preparation for GCSE English Language
January – July 2020 Introduction to GCSE Literature

  • Study Of Mice and Men/to Kill a Mockingbird
  • Unseen Poetry
Preparation for GCSE Literature
Unit 1 (35%)
Year 10
September 2020 Narrative Writing Preparation for GCSE Unit 2
October 2020 Unseen Poetry Preparation for GCSE Lit
Unit 1 Section B
November – December 2020 GCSE English Lit
Welsh Writers Poetry NEA
GCSE English Lit Unit 3 (12.5%)

KEY ASSESSMENT

December – February 2020/2021 GCSE English Literature
Shakespeare text
GCSE English Lit Unit 3 (12.5%)
KEY ASSESSMENT
POSTPONED DUE TO ONLINE LEARNING
January – April 2021 GCSE English Literature
Heroes Robert Cormier
Preparation for GCSE English Literature
Unit 2 (40%)
Section B
March – May 2021 Revision of Unit 1 GCSE English Literature
To Kill a Mockingbird/Of Mice and Men Unseen Poetry
GCSE English Literature
(35%)
External exam:
KEY ASSESSMENT
Examination cancelled due to COVID
Year 11
September -October 2021 GCSE English Language
Group Interaction
GCSE English Language Unit 1
KEY ASSESSMENT
October – November 2021 Thematic Unit Life focusing on GCSE Language skills Preparation for GCSE English
Unit 2
Unit 3
December 2021 – If there is an exam in January Revision of Unit 1 GCSE English Literature
To Kill a Mockingbird/Of Mice and Men Unseen Poetry
GCSE English Literature
(35%)
External exam:
KEY ASSESSMENT
January – March 2021 GCSE English Literature
An Inspector Calls
Preparation for GCSE English Literature Unit 2
April Thematic Unit Film focusing on GCSE Language skills Preparation for GCSE English Language
Units 2 and 3
May Revision for
Unit 2 Literature (40%)
Unit 2 Language (40%)
Unit 3 Literature (40%)
External Exams
KEY ASSESSMENT

 

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 A2,500-3,500 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 listSection 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 unitSection 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 listSection 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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