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Key Stage 4

EDEXCEL ENGLISH GCSE

All students study for Edexcel examinations in both English Language 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.

English Language

The three main elements experienced at KS3 are developed in Years 10 and 11:

· Speaking and listening

· Reading

· Writing

There is a separate, compulsory endorsement in spoken language. This will be recorded as a separate GCSE and the students will either receive a Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction

There are two papers for English Language. Paper 1 is “Fiction And Imaginative Writing” and is worth 40% of the final grade; forty of the sixty four marks on this paper are on the students’ extended creative writing response. Paper 2 is “Non-Fiction & Transactional Writing” and is worth 60% of the final grade; forty of the ninety six marks on this paper are on the students’ extended transactional writing response.

The reading 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.

The writing 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.

English Literature

There are two final exams for English literature, each equally weighted at 50%. Paper 1 is “Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature”; paper 2 is “Nineteenth Century Novels and Poetry since 1789”.

There will be 4 texts studied, one each of:

· Poetry (a cluster of 15 poems from Edexcel’s anthology. There are three possible clusters-Love & Relationships, Time and Place or Conflict, with the majority of our teaching groups using the “Conflict” cluster.)

· A Nineteenth Century Novel (A Christmas Carol, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and Pride & Prejudice, being the three most taught texts for our teaching groups.)

· A Shakespeare play. (The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and Twelfth Night being the most popular choices.)

· A “modern” (post 1914) play or novel (Journey’s End, An Inspector Calls and Animal Farm being the most popular choices of text.)

· There will also be an examination and comparison of two ‘unseen’ poems on paper 2.