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  English Department    
  English Department      
  English and English Literature      
  (Compulsory subjects for all students on all Pathways)      
  ‘English is the most important tool you’ll ever need, no matter what career you choose.’  
  Benjamin Zephaniah
Poet, writer, actor, TV and radio presenter
  KS3 English – Years 7, 8 & 9      
  KS3 courses at John Spendluffe Technology College are designed to help students prepare for the challenges of the new GCSE examinations in the years ahead. English lessons are enriching and develop students’ abilities to think critically and independently.      
  Every lesson involves a fresh challenge and each component of each course is different from the last. Lessons are interactive and involve students participating in a wide range of activities. Students are taught how to achieve excellent results.      
  Students develop confidence in writing for a range of purposes including persuasive speeches and letters; argumentative articles; analytical essays; entertaining descriptions and narratives.      
  KS4 English – Years 10 -11      
  Students follow the AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702) courses. There have been a number of changes to subject content and examination papers in English and English Literature. For example, the examination papers no longer have ‘Higher Tier’ and ‘Foundation Tier’; everyone sits the same paper regardless of their ability. In addition, all components of English Language and English Literature are examined at the end of the two year course; there is no coursework or controlled assessment element. Final examinations account for 100% of the overall grade.      
  Students follow two courses which will award two separate GCSE qualifications: English Language and English Literature.      
  Students often require eight or ten GCSEs to achieve entry to their chosen college at 16+. English provides students with two of those qualifications. Whether students want to continue studying at college or enter the world of work, GCSE English qualifications are very important. Both of these qualifications let the world know that students can speak and listen, as well as read and write, to a high level.      
  The English Language Paper 1 exam will include one unseen literary passage from the 20th or 21st century. The English Language Paper 2 exam will include two unseen, non-fiction, prose passages from the 19th and either the 20th or 21st century. Students are no longer required to read advertising leaflets or website pages.      
  The new specifications in English Literature require students to read a nineteenth century English novel; a Shakespeare play; a post 1914 modern British text and a wide selection of poetry since 1789 including representative Romantic poetry.      
  'Studying English literature at school was my first, and probably my biggest step towards mental freedom and independence. It was like falling in love with life.’  
  Ian McEwan
  Speaking and Listening      
  Students are required to speak and listen in a wide variety of contexts. They learn how to assess their own speaking and listening skills and those of their peer group. In Key Stage 3 and 4, There are plenty of opportunities for students to make presentations and participate in group interactions and discussions.      
  In Key Stage 4, the marks students receive for their speaking and listening assessment (an individual presentation) will no longer contribute to your final grade but they will be certificated by AQA, our examination board. Students will receive either a distinction, merit or pass grade on your GCSE certificate.      
  Both key stages - skills required:      
  • Speaking and Listening are key skills in English. Students’ contributions in speaking and listening
    have an impact on the quality of learning for the whole group.
  • Thinking skills are highly important and involve independent and personal opinions and the ability to consider alternatives.
  • Reading skills involve independent reading of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. High achieving pupils spend time reading fiction and non-fiction. The ability to evaluate the effect of the writer’s language and structural choices in texts is crucial. How a text affects an audience is central to work in English.
  • Writing skills involve a willingness to be involved with the writing process, taking time and care to plan, draft, proof-read, edit and correct. Individual and class targets will be discussed to enable students to progress with vocabulary, sentence construction, paragraphing and structuring written texts as well as punctuation and spelling.
  • Independent study, good organisation, motivation and planning skills are required to manage practice class work, homework and examination tasks pieces step by step. Students will be expected to display a positive attitude, use independent strategies, work on personal targets and meet homework deadlines.
  Important Information      
  AQA GCSE English Language and Literature - Dual Course Structure >>      
  Final English Curriculum Map Year 7 to Year 11 >>