"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." - Philip Pullman
Mrs Galdin O’Shea
In Year's 7 and 8, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to access the GCSE English Language and Literature specifications.
In particular, the English curriculum focuses on developing students’ ability to:
Myths and legends
Extracts from ‘The Odyssey’
A choice of:
‘Much Ado about Nothing’
‘Merchant of Venice’
Modern novel and WWI poetry
‘Private peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo and a selection of poetry by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
The power of rhetoric
What is rhetoric/classical tradition.
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.
Students complete three summative assessments over the course of the academic year; these inform the three progress checks in the school’s assessment calendar. Summative assessments test the knowledge and skills taught as part of the curriculum and encourage students to revisit and revise key terms and concepts. Students’ performance is ranked against others within their flightpath to determine whether they are working on, above or below the expected standard.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.
‘Great Expectations’ Charles Dickens
Non-fiction incorporated into contextual reading.
‘Twelve Years a Slave’ Solomon Northup (anchor non-fiction text; select passages appropriate for age group)
A modern play – ‘Journey’s End’ R.C. Sherriff
Poetry from Different Cultures and Traditions
Modern Short Stories
(Selection from EMC ‘Modern Shorts’ anthology)
Over the course of years 9-11, students will tackle aspects of English Language and English Literature GCSE courses. We follow the AQA specification for English Literature and the Eduqas specification for English Language.
An introduction to the modern novel
Introduction to AQA Poetry Anthology
Spoken language preparation
All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly. Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.
All students will study for two GCSEs in English – Language and Literature. Both courses will be assessed through terminal examination. Mock examinations for both courses will be sat in November. It is really important that students work on their literacy, as 20% of the English Language marks is awarded for the quality of their spelling, grammar and punctuation.
GCSE English Language
Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose writing
1 hour 45 mins Exam 40%
Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persausive Writing
2 hour Exam 60%
Component 3: Spoken Language Non-exam assessment and unweighted 0%
GCSE English Literature
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
2 hour 15 mins Exam 60%
Eduqas C700QSL English Language
AQA 8702 English Literature
‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare
‘Macbeth’ York Notes for GCSE 1-9
‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley
An Inspector Calls: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Penguin English Library) by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
AQA Power and Conflict Anthology (printed by the exam board and provided by the school)
New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology - for the Grade 9-1 Course Paperback
To be confirmed
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803