Years 10 and 11
Both English and English Literature are compulsory courses at Walton. Students will acquire two GCSEs through their English lessons in years 10 and 11. Language is the study of different text types and takes into consideration accuracy of your writing and your comprehensive skills. Literature is the analysis of different works throughout history; from Shakespeare to Priestley.
Students read an array of different text types and refining skills such as location and retrieval of information, deduction and comparison. In addition, students will also be taught how to write successfully in many different forms, such as letters, reports, reviews, speeches and articles.
The texts studied for this GCSE may be reconsidered on a yearly basis. Currently, GCSE students are studying: Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls, Jekyll and Hyde and an Anthology of Poetry.Awarding Body AQA
For English Language there are two examinations you will take at the end of the two year course.
Paper 1 is 1 hour 45 minutes long and has two parts to it. In Part A you are faced with an unseen literature text and will be asked four questions on it. Part B allows you to show off your creative skills in one extended written piece.
Paper 2 is also 1 hour 45 minutes long and has two parts. In Part A you are faced with two unseen extracts, one from the 19th Century and one from the 21st or 20th Century. Again, you will be asked four different questions on these texts. Part B is, again, consists of one writing task where you’ll be asked to create a speech, article, diary entry or report.
For English Literature there are two examinations you will take at the end of the two year course.
Paper 1 is 1 hour 45 minutes long and has two parts to it. In Part A you will be faced with an extract from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You will need to annotate it to help you plan an essay based on the extract and the text as a whole. Part B follows much the same structure. You will be faced with an extract from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde. You will need to annotate it to help you plan an essay based on the extract and the text as a whole.
Paper 2 is 2 hours and 15 minutes long and has three parts. In Part A you are asked to write an essay based around the play An Inspector Calls. In Part B, you will be asked a comparative question on the poetry anthology Conflict and Power. In Part C, you will be asked to answer two questions on unseen poetry that you will be expected to annotate.
- Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
- Writing to Present a Viewpoint
- Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – Stevenson
- Studying 19th Century non-fiction
- Unseen Poetry
- An Inspector Calls
- Exploration in Creative Reading
- Exploration in Creative Writing
- Poetry Anthology
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