North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

English

KS4:

GCSE Exam board: AQA

Qualification Number: 8702 and 8700

Mode of assessment (length of exams, content, practical work etc):

English is assessed through a series of examinations at the end of the course.

English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What's assessed

Section A: Reading (40 marks) 25%

  • One literature fiction text (an unseen extract)
  • 1 short form question (4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (20 marks)

Section B: Writing (40 marks) 25%

  • One descriptive or narrative writing task
  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

English Language Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

What's assessed

Section A: Reading (40 marks) 25%

  • One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
  • 1 short form question (4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (16 marks)

Section B: Writing (40 marks) 25%

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language (0% weighting of GCSE)

What's assessed

  • Presenting
  • Responding to questions and feedback
  • Use of standard English

English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th- Century Novel

What's assessed

  • Shakespeare plays (Macbeth)
  • The 19th-Century novel (A Christmas Carol)

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

English Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

What's assessed

  • Modern prose or drama texts (Lord of the Flies/An Inspector Calls)
  • The Poetry Anthology
  • Unseen Poetry

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Students will be assessed within the classroom at the end of every term. These assessments will cover the skills for both literature and language.

Break down of content covered including term it will be covered:

Y9 Term 1:

Shakespeare- Macbeth

English Language Paper 2

Y9 Term 2:

Poetry

English Language Paper 1

Y9 Term 3:

Nineteenth Century Fiction- A Christmas Carol

English Language Paper 1 and 2

Y10 Term 1:

Modern Fiction- An Inspector Calls

English Language Paper 1

Y10 Term 2:

Revision of literature

English Language Paper 2

Y10 Term 3:

Revision of literature

English Language Paper 1 and 2



Y11 Term 1:

Nineteenth Century Fiction- A Christmas Carol

English Language Paper 1 and 2

Y11 Term 2:

Poetry revision

English Language Paper 1 and 2

Y11 Term 3:

Modern Fiction revision

English Language Paper 1 and 2

KS3:

Summary of scheme of work -

Y7 Term 1:

Shakespeare Extracts: Heroes and Villains

Introduction to English Language

Poetry through time

Descriptive and narrative writing

Y7 Term 2:

Nineteenth Century Fiction Extracts: Family

Nineteenth Century Non-Fiction

American Fiction

Analysing Unseen Modern Fiction: To Kill A Mockingbird/Of Mice and Men/Holes

Y7 Term 3:

Modern Non-Fiction

Persuasive, Informative Writing

Y8 Term 1:

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Introduction to Language

Descriptive and narrative writing

Y8 Term 2:

Nineteenth Century Non-Fiction: Great Expectations

Nineteenth Century Non-Fiction

Modern Fiction Drama: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time/Blood Brothers

Analysing Unseen Modern Fiction

Y8 Term 3:

Modern Non-Fiction

Persuasive, Informative writing