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Teacher of English: Sharon Wisdom- swisdom@stpetersindependent.org.uk



English is a compulsory part of the curriculum at KS3 with five forty-five minute lessons each week.
Forms 1, 2 and 3 study a range of fiction texts including prose, drama and poetry . Each form group study a Shakespeare play, a complete novel, short stories and poetry both modern and from the literary heritage. They also develop their Speaking and Listening skills.
In Key Stage 3 they learn the writing skills needed in order to succeed at GCSE level. Focus is placed on developing an analytical approach when answering Reading questions and a creative approach when answering Writing questions.


At KS4 students study English – a combined course made up of both Language and Literature texts and creative writing.
The GCSE course we follow is AQA GCSE English 4700. For further information use the following link: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-4700

Unit 1 Understanding and producing non-fiction texts (80 marks)
2 hours 15 minutes
60% of the GCSE marks
Externally assessed
Section A: Reading
Four questions related to three sample texts supplied in the examination (40 marks)
Section B: Writing
Two questions where students have to create authentic non-fiction texts (40 marks)

Unit 2 – Speaking and Listening (45 marks)
No longer accredited within the GCSE qualification. Students are awarded a separate qualification
Three strands are assessed : presentation, discussion and role play.

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment (90 marks)
40% of the GCSE marks
Five pieces of controlled assessment are produced in school over two years. Three pieces focus on poetry, prose and drama texts and two pieces on creative writing. Assessment of spelling, punctuation and grammar is also carried out.