Key Stage 4
All students study for IGCSE examinations in both English and English Literature at Key Stage Four. Although we follow a prescribed examination syllabus we hope to continue to encourage each student’s own personal interests in wider reading and creative work.
The three main elements experienced at KS3 are developed in Years 10 and 11:
- Speaking and listening
There are opportunities for assessment in Speaking and Listening in individual, paired and group activities. The best assessments from these go forward to form 20% of the final English mark.
40% of the qualification will be an examination on reading tasks. The skills that will be taught and examined are:
- Understand and collate explicit meanings
- Understand, explain and collate implicit meanings
- Select, analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes.
- How writers achieve effects.
40% of the qualification will be an examination on writing tasks. The skills that will be taught and examined are
- To express what is thought, felt and imagine
- Order and present facts, ideas and opinions
- Use language and register appropriate to audience and context
- Paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and spelling.
There will be 3 texts studied, one each of:
- Prose, a novel or a selection of short stories
- A Shakespeare play.
These texts will be examined.
There will also be an examination of an ‘unseen’ poem of prose passage in which the student will write an evaluation and appreciation of the chosen passage.