Introduction to the subject:
English is a statutory subject taught throughout Key Stage 3 and as a full GCSE subject at Key Stage 4. At YBA students have the opportunity to gain GCSE qualifications in both English Language and English Literature. Pupils are taught how to read, write and speak in the target language as well as developing their literacy skills.
“Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you.” Barack Obama
“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” Beatrix Potter.
At Key Stage 3, you will study Language alongside Literature. Pupils are assessed in three areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The schemes of work have been developed to prepare pupils for the demands of the National Reading Tests, plus the English Language and English Literature GCSE courses and more importantly, to instil a love of Language and Literature.
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Students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately. Assessment for the course is split into 3 separate units:
Unit 1 is a non-examination assessment, worth 20% and focusing on speaking and listening. It consists of two assessments: one individual prepared speech (lasting 5 minutes) and one group discussion (lasting 10 minutes).
Unit 2 is a written examination worth 30% lasting 2 hours, consisting of reading and writing questions on Description, Narration and Exposition.
Unit 3 is a written examination worth 30% lasting 2 hours, consisting of reading and writing questions on Argumentation, Persuasion and Instruction.
The course requires students to become critical readers of fiction, prose, poetry and drama. They will study different times, cultures, viewpoints and situations as found in literary texts. Assessment for the course is split into three separate units.
Unit 1 is a written examination worth 35% lasting 2 hours. Section A relates to different cultures prose, and will be specific to a text studied in lessons. This is currently Of Mice and Men. Section B is an unseen poetry comparison.
Unit 2 is a written examination worth 40% lasting 2 hours. This paper covers a contemporary drama and literary heritage prose. The current texts studied are An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley and Heroes by Robert Cormier.
Unit 3 consists of two non-examination assessments, worth 25% in total and focuses on a poetry comparison and an analysis of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
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There are various revision materials, such as revision guides and workbooks. The official WJEC revision guide for English Language is published by Hodder Education.