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To ensure that students are offered opportunities to read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the literary and non-literary canon; to read and evaluate texts critically and making improve their own writing; to write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately; to acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology; to listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.



English Language (En)
Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE English Language 8700

Aim
Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

Students will be encouraged to:
• read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
• read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
• summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
• use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
• write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
• use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
• acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.


Assessment
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing 50% of qualification
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives 50% of qualification


English Literature (El)
Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE English Literature Specification 8702

Aim
Through literature, students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written.
Students will be encouraged to:


• read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
• read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
• develop the habit of reading widely and often
• appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
• write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
• acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

Assessment
All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment. All assessments are compulsory.


Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel 40% of qualification
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry 60% of qualification


For further information contact: Ms A Hodson