Key Stage 3
English Language is embedded at Key Stage 3 as part of the CCHS curriculum. Throughout this Key Stage, students will analyse and evaluate texts as part of their developing critical response to literature: the texts, whilst usually literary, also involve non-fiction writing such as newspaper articles or informative, persuasive or advisory leaflets. Students hone their comprehension skills by analysing and emulating these forms of writing.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students are entered for AQA English Language GCSE. They will sit two papers: Paper 1 ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’ and Paper 2, ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.’ They will be taught skills of critical analysis and creative writing throughout the two-year course.
Texts on the English Language papers involve a combination of non-fiction extracts and more ‘literary fiction’ from a range of 19th century and 20th century writing. Students must critically respond to these, considering key aspects of the extracts such as: audience, purpose, language, rhetorical or figurative devices used, and analysing their effects upon the reader. The creative writing tasks require students to respond to an idea or theme triggered by the reading task – they must produce descriptive or persuasive prose.
Speaking and Listening is no longer formally assessed at GCSE and does not count towards the final grade; however, it will still be taught in lessons and assessed as part of teacher assessment of student progress and development of these essential skills.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar now accounts for 20% of the whole grade in the marking criteria.
We see the study of English Language at GCSE as naturally beneficial for the students in school and beyond, opening doors to a wide variety of careers including the law, journalism and the media, education, and in any area where language skills