- Boys will encounter a wide range of engaging texts as part of their preparation for the two final exams – for full details of the texts/units see the link below.
- What used to be called Speaking and Listening is now called Spoken Language. Boys will take part in a range of activities and will be (teacher) assessed on the following: presenting information and ideas; responding to spoken language; and using spoken Standard English. Spoken Language does not contribute to the final GCSE grade but will be a separate grade.
- From September 2015 all boys will study for the AQA English Literature GCSE. English Literature is not a separate timetabled lesson but will be covered in the boys’ English lessons.
- Boys will study two of the exam texts in Year 10 (Modern Texts and Shakespeare) and two in Year 11 (C19th novel and poetry). They will be given a separate exercise book for their work on these texts. Unlike English Language, English Literature does require revision of a body of knowledge (i.e. details and ideas about the texts) and so it is important that their notes are presented clearly and ‘revision friendly’.
- Boys will be given copies of the exam texts and may annotate their copies in pencil. However, the new English Literature GCSE exams are ‘closed book’ exams – they cannot take the books into the exam.
- When boys have covered their exam texts in detail they will do exam style questions – which require short essay answers (one and half / two sides approx). They will also sit an English Literature paper as part of the Christmas mock exams in Year 11.
- Boys should not feel that they are restricted to their exam texts. We have a wide range of texts available to boys who are interested in reading more widely – please just ask a member of the English Department.
AQA GCSE Exam Skills English Language
GSCE English Language – Core Texts
KS4 Personal Learning Checklist