English & Commnication
English at Campion is intended to engage, excite and challenge students. The curriculum offers opportunities to explore and create a range of text types each year, encouraging students to become increasingly independent as they progress. We aim to help all students to communicate effectively, accurately and appropriately in speech and writing. We encourage them to understand and respond imaginatively to what they hear, read and experience in a variety of media. All students will enjoy and appreciate the reading of literature and develop analytical, empathetic and creative skills.
Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities
The English Department offers a Year 7 writing club run by sixth form students. There are regular theatre trips, usually linked to set texts.
KS3: What will students learn?
We offer a differentiated curriculum where students will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of a wide range of literature such as pre/post 1914 poetry, contemporary novels, plays and Shakespeare. Key skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening are embedded into the curriculum to ensure students are fully prepared for KS4.
Students are assessed every half term. Assessments rotate through reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Assessments include: formal essays, comparative essays, individual presentations, narrative writing, letters, speeches and story writing. All students are taught to achieve and progress through assessment for learning activities and regular target setting.
Students in Year 10 will be following the AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature courses. In GCSE English language, the course and assessments have been designed to inspire and motivate students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring, as far as possible, that the assessment and texts are accessible to the full range of students. The specification will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.
This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.
For GCSE English Language students should:
- read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
- read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
- summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
- use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
- write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
- use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
- acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.
English Literature specification at a glance.
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the
- The 19th-century novel
How it's assessed
- written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
- 64 marks
- 40% of GCSE
Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
- Modern texts
- Unseen poetry
How it's assessed
- written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
- 96 marks
- 60% of GCSE
Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from
their chosen anthology cluster.
Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
You may already be aware that the way GCSEs are graded is changing. All new GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G, with grade 5 considered a good GCSE and grade 9 being the highest and the top half of A*.
This means that students will be issued with target grades between 9-1 and when their exam results are announced in 2017 GCSE English Language and English Literature (along with Maths) will be graded 9–1.
This new system is intended to help provide more differentiation between higher and lower achieving students.
Please watch the video clip below for further explanation.
Year 11: What will students learn?
- How to understand texts and select material; how to make comparisons and cross references as appropriate.
- To develop and sustain interpretations of writers’ ideas and perspectives.
- To explain and evaluate how writers use language to create effects.
- How to write clearly and effectively using and adapting forms and selecting vocabulary appropriate for a variety of tasks and audiences.
- How to organize information and ideas into structured and sequenced sentences and paragraphs.
- To confidently convey ideas and opinions using standard English when speaking.
- How to reflect on and analyse other people’s contributions in discussions.
Year 11: Assessment and Qualifications
There are two pathways through KS4:
- 1. GCSE English
- 1 hour reading exam.
- 1 hour writing exam.
- Two creative writing controlled assessments.
- One essay on a different cultures text (‘Of Mice and Men’ or ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’).
- One essay linking Shakespeare to poetry.
- Three speaking and listening tasks.
- 2. GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
As above, plus:
- An analysis of spoken language.
- Different cultures text (‘Of Mice and Men’ or ‘To Kill A Mockingbird) and unseen poetry exam.
- One essay linking a Shakespeare play to poetry.
- One exam on a play e.g. ‘Blood Brothers’ or ‘The History Boys’ and a novel e.g. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’.