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English

Mr Butler

Welcome to the English Faculty at New College Leicester

The English faculty is one of the college’s largest and most successful departments, enjoying year-on-year improvements. Last year’s validated results saw 68.2% of students achieve a grade A* – C.

The English Faculty is an exciting and creative area, teaching English Language, English Literature and Media Studies.

Key Stage 3

Mrs Geraghty

By the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 8) students will be prepared to achieve the best of their ability when it comes to their GCSEs. They would have developed skills in:

  • Analysing and quoting Language
  • The study of 19th century British books both modern and classic
  • Understanding how to answer questions from unseen non-fiction texts
  • Analysing and comparing poetry

 

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term 1
(19th Century)
Detective Stories Gothic Horror Stories
Autumn Term 2
(Novels)
Noughts and Crosses
Private Peaceful
Woman in Black
Spring Term 1
(Shakespeare)
Macbeth Romeo and Juliet
Spring Term 2
(Analysing Non-fiction Media)
Film Reviews Violence in the Media
Summer Term 1
(Poetry Comparison)
Poetry from other cultures Conflict in poetry
Summer Term 2
(Creative Writing)
Holiday time! The Beauty Myth

 

Key Stage 4: Literature, Language and Media Studies

GCSEs

KS4 makes up the final three years of students’ mandatory schooling, and will see them being examined on the skills they have gained across both Key Stages. They will gain 2 GCSE qualifications: Language and Literature.

 

Edexcel GCSE English Language (Syllabus Number 1EN0)

Edexcel English Language assesses students through two examinations at the end of Year 11. Over the two year course, students will learn how to craft their own narratives, study a range of 19th Century fiction and analyse and produce non-fiction texts.

The examinations count for 100% of the final grade. There are two papers which both assess reading and writing skills. Paper one is 1 hour 45 minutes. Paper two is 2 hours.

 

Edexcel GCSE English Literature (Syllabus Number 1ET0)

Edexcel English Literature begins with the WW1 play “Journey’s End” as they learn about the plight of soldiers during the First World War and then move on to the classic gothic novel “Frankenstein”.

They will also study the Shakespeare play “Macbeth”, as well as a selection of anthologies with a common theme of ‘Conflict’.

The assessment is 100% exam at the end of Year 11. Paper one is 1 hour 45 minutes. Paper two is 2 hours 15 minutes.

 

WJEC GCSE Media Studies (Syllabus Number 4391)

WJEC Media Studies is an optional course taken at Key Stage 4. It is designed to draw on existing experience of the media and develop critical abilities to explore media as well as to create media.

Terminator 2

60% of the final GCSE grade is coursework which consists of:

  • Genre essay 20% (exploring sci-fi – Terminator 2)
  • Production 40% (includes research, planning, designing a magazine front cover and contents page)
  • Representation essay 20% (focus on how groups of people are shown in the media)

Throughout Year 11 students will study 2 exam areas worth 40% based on print and television advertising.

 

Revision and extra help

Doddle is an online resource providing teaching, homework and assessment across English. It is designed to help students do more and stay motivated outside of the classroom and includes self-marking homework and quizzes which provide immediate results and feedback. It is adaptable to student needs: Doddle keeps them organised and encourages independent learning – and it works on whatever device they prefer to use.

Students can obtain past papers and further information on GCSEs from the exam board’s website, as well as the BBC’s GCSE Bitesize site. Click on a logo below for more information:






 

English Language revision and resources

English language exam breakdown.
How to revise for the English language exam.
English Language Paper 1 student audit.
English Language Paper 2 student audit.

English Language Paper 1:

English language paper 1 Q3 Language and structure graphic organiser.
English language paper 1 Q4 Evaluate graphic organiser.
English language paper 1 Q5 Narrative writing graphic organiser.
English language paper 1 Q5 Narrative writing graphic organiser support sheet.

English Language Paper 2:

English language paper 2 Q3 Language and structure graphic organiser.
English language paper 2 Q3 peer and self-assessment checklist.
English language paper 2 Q6 Evaluate graphic organiser.
English language paper 2 Q6 peer and self-assessment checklist.
English language paper 2 Q7b Compare and contrast graphic organiser.
English language paper 2 Q7b peer and self-assessment checklist.
English language paper 2 Q8/9 Transactional writing graphic organiser.
English language paper 2 Q8/9 Transactional writing graphic organiser support sheet.
English language paper 2 sample – Prison 1.
English language paper 2 sample – Prison 2.
English language paper 2 sample – School 1.
English language paper 2 sample – School 2.
English language paper 2 sample – Cow 1.
English language paper 2 sample – Cow 2.
English language paper 2 sample – Fairtrade 1.
English language paper 2 sample – Fairtrade 2.

English Through Experience YouTube channel

Edexcel GCSE English Language specification and sample assessments

 

English Literature revision and resources

English literature exam breakdown.
How to revise for the English literature exam.
English Literature Paper 1 student audit.
English Literature Paper 2 student audit.

Macbeth:

Macbeth graphic organiser – extract.
Macbeth knowledge organiser 1.
Macbeth knowledge organiser 2.
Macbeth essay peer assessment checklist.
Macbeth extract peer assessment checklist.
Macbeth context worksheet.
Macbeth practise questions – masculinity.
Macbeth practise essay questions.
Macbeth practise extract questions.
Macbeth mark scheme – extract.
Macbeth mark scheme – essay.

Macbeth translation YouTube channel

Macbeth themes YouTube channel

Journey’s End:

Journey’s End graphic organiser – essay Grade 6-7.
Journey’s End graphic organiser – essay Grade 8-9.
Journey’s End knowledge organiser 1.
Journey’s End knowledge organiser 2.
Journey’s End essay peer assessment checklist.
Journey’s End context worksheet.
Journey’s End quotations.
Journey’s End themes.
Journey’s End practise questions – relationship between Osborne and Stanhope.
Journey’s End practise questions – theme of comradeship.
Journey’s End practise questions – masculinity.
Journey’s End practise questions.

Journey’s End context YouTube channel

You can buy a Journey’s End revision guide here:Journey’s End: York Notes for GCSE.

Frankenstein:

Frankenstein graphic organiser – extract.
Frankenstein knowledge organiser 1.
Frankenstein knowledge organiser 2.
Frankenstein essay peer assessment checklist.
Frankenstein extract peer assessment checklist.
Frankenstein practise question – importance of family.
Frankenstein practise essay questions.
Frankenstein practise extract questions.

Frankenstein detailed analysis YouTube channel

Frankenstein introduction website

Frankenstein spark notes website

Frankenstein study guide

Conflict Poetry:

Conflict poetry graphic organiser – essay Grade 5-6.
Conflict poetry graphic organiser – essay Grade 7-9.
Conflict poetry reviewing the poems.
Conflict poetry themes grid.
Conflict poetry further reviewing the poems.
Conflict poetry peer assessment checklist.
Conflict poetry practise questions.
Conflict poetry support sheet – What Were They Like.
Conflict poetry support sheet – The Prelude.
Conflict poetry support sheet – The Man He Killed.
Conflict poetry support sheet – The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Conflict poetry support sheet – A Poison Tree.
Conflict poetry support sheet – Destruction of Sennacherib.
Conflict poetry support sheet – War Photographer.
Conflict poetry support sheet – Belfast Confetti.
Conflict poetry support sheet – Exposure.

Belfast Confetti analysis YouTube channel

The Charge of the Light Brigade analysis YouTube channel

Unseen Poetry:

Unseen poetry graphic organiser – essay Grade 5-6.
Unseen poetry graphic organiser – essay Grade 7-9.
Unseen poetry peer assessment checklist.
Unseen poetry practise questions.

How to plan unseen poetry comparison YouTube channel

 

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Mr P Butler – Head of English

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