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English – Curriculum page

From William Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy and from Charles Dickens to John Agard, throughout their studies at Codsall Community High School, pupils will be immersed in a range of literature that will develop their understanding of the world around them and improve their control of the English language.
At Codsall Community High School we aim to ensure that all pupils:
• are engaged and inspired through the study of a variety of literature;
• acquire, apply and retain knowledge (facts, skills and understanding) to prepare them for the rigours of examinations;
• are provided with ample opportunities to develop as critical thinkers and creative writers;
• are given opportunities to revisit and develop key skills as well as knowledge.

Year 9 English Language and Literature

All students starting Year 9 at Codsall Community High School will experience a broad and balanced English Curriculum which facilitates the development of new and challenging skills and helps to hone those already established at their previous school.
Year 9 students will undertake an induction period in the first half-term where they complete a Baseline Test and a Milestone Assessment which will allow the English Department to establish starting points, monitor progress and allocate students to the appropriate group to suit their individual needs.
Once groups have been finalised for Year 9, each half term for the remainder of the academic year will focus on either English Language skills or English Literature skills with element of cross-over at various points. Pupils will encounter a range of literature from poetry, drama and prose and both fiction and non-fiction texts.
All Year 9 students will receive 5 hours of timetabled English lessons per week.
GSCE English Language and Literature (Year 10 and Year 11)
All Year 10 and Year 11 students will receive 5 hours of timetabled English lessons per week.

English Language

What will I learn about?

The examination-based course in English Language allows pupils to experience and gain confidence in analysing both fiction and non-fiction texts. The course follows the AQA GCSE English Language specification which provides opportunities for pupils to deconstruct texts from the 19th century to the 21st century and develop their own writing skills which they demonstrate through responses to creative and discursive tasks.
How will my work be assessed?
The course is 100% exam – assessed across two papers. Throughout the two-year course, pupils will complete practice example questions in the form of Milestones and mock examinations to prepare them for the GCSE assessment.

Paper 1 (1 hour and 45 minutes)
Paper 1 is centred around one extract and pupils are required to identify information, analyse both language and structure and evaluate a point of view. Additionally, they are assessed on their ability to produce a description or narrative based on a stimulus.

Paper 2 (1 hour and 45 minutes)
Paper 2 is centred on two extracts and pupils are required to identify and summarise information, analyse language and compare writers’ viewpoints. Additionally, they are assessed on their ability to develop a viewpoint in the form of a specific text type.

English Literature

What will I learn about?

The examination-based course in English Literature allows pupils to engage with a range of texts from poetry, drama and prose. The course follows the AQA GCSE English Literature specification which provides opportunities for pupils to analyse and explore Shakespeare, the 19th century novel, modern drama and a variety of poetry linked by a common theme.

How will my work be assessed?

The course is 100% exam – assessed across two papers. Throughout the two-year course, pupils will complete practice example questions in the form of Milestones and mock examinations to prepare them for the GCSE assessment.

Paper 1 (1 hour and 45 minutes)
Paper 1 is split into two sections: Section A is based on a play by Shakespeare and Section B is based on a 19th century novel. This exam is closed book but pupils are provided with extracts from these texts to give them a starting point for their analytical responses.

Paper 2 (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Paper 2 is split into three sections: Section A is based on a modern drama text, Section B is based on comparing poems from the set anthology and Section C is based on unseen poetry. This exam is also closed book but in Section A pupils are given a choice of questions, in Section B one of the poems for comparison is provided and in Section C – both unseen poems are printed for analysis.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about English at Codsall Community High School, contact Mr Cattell (Lead Teacher) – rct@ch-pb.com.