In English we aim to equip students with the literacy skills that they need to access the whole curriculum and the wider world. The English team are passionate about delivering Language and Literature and have tailored the curriculum to make it engaging and relevant, closely adhering to GCSE specifications.
Key Stage 4
Students in KS4 are given the opportunity to study GCSE English Language and Literature. Some students will engage in the Functional Skills English qualification. In order to facilitate transition for our students we are using the AQA examining body. This is the qualification used by most schools within the Hambleton and Richmondshire collaborative.
We will be using the awarding body Edexcel for our Functional Skills qualifications. This allows students to sit the exam when they are ready.
To enhance and reinforce pupil literacy we have introduced a cross-curricular literacy policy. Through additional reading sessions we offer a nationally recognised Reading Intervention Programme. By developing core skills, through speaking and listening, reading and writing activities students will be able to express their ideas more effectively and with greater confidence. The Reading Intervention Programme involves trained staff working intensively with targeted students to improve their reading and spelling skills. In addition each department focuses on literacy skills relevant to their subject area.
Assessment on entry and exit
All students are given baseline tests on entry which informs their individual learning programme.
To this end, all students will sit a reading test, to assess their reading and spelling ages; take part in a discussion, to assess their speaking and listening skills; and then produce a letter introducing themselves to the Headteacher, to assess their writing skills.
In addition to this, information regarding current levels will also be collected from previous schools where possible.
On exit a comparison of the students' progress is made.
The literature syllabus
AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)
In English Literature students will be assessed on the study of two papers.
Paper 1. Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel
Students will study one Shakespearean play from the list of six texts.
Students with study one 19th Century novel from a list of seven.
Paper 2. Modern Texts and Poetry
Students will study one from a choice of twelve texts, which includes post- 1914 prose fiction and drama.
Students will study one cluster of poems taken from the AQA poetry anthology.
Students will experience a wide range of poetry in order to develop an ability to analyse unseen poems.
In studying the set texts students should have the opportunity to develop the following skills.
Literal and inferential comprehension.
Evaluation of a writers choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features.
The English Team here at Sunbeck support the Literature study programme using explorative and challenging tasks. The study includes PIXL initiatives and Doddle resources.
The Language Syllabus
AQA GCSE English language (8700)
In English language the students will be assessed on the study of two papers.
Paper 1. Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.
Section A: Reading One literature fiction text.
Section B: Descriptive or narrative writing.
Paper 2. Writers Viewpoints and Perspectives.
Section A: Reading One Non-fiction and one literary non-fiction text.
Section B: Writing to present a viewpoint.
Spoken Language Assessment.
Presenting, responding to questions and feedback, use of standard English.
Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts.
Students will also have the opportunity to gain AQA Unit Awards and Pixl Edge awards to add to their GCSE Portfolio of achievements.
The English team at Sunbeck support all our students at every stage of their development , engaging in practical and stimulating discussions around the language syllabus.