Key Stage 4 / GCSE English and English Literature

(compulsory course)

Assessment

GCSE English Language (EDUQAS)

 

WRITTEN PAPER – Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing (1 hour 45 minutes, 40% of qualification)

 

Section A (20%) – Reading

Understanding of one prose extract of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions.

 

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing

One creative writing task selected from a choice of titles. 

 

WRITTEN PAPER – Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional / Persuasive Writing (2 hours, 60% of qualification)

 

Section A (30%) – Reading

Understanding two extracts of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions.

 

Section B (30%) – Writing

Two compulsory transactional / persuasive writing tasks.

 

NON EXAM ASSESSMENT – Component 3: Spoken Language

One presentation / speech, including responses to questions and feedback.

 

GCSE English Literature (EDUQAS)

 

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT (Written paper) – Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry (2 hours, 40% of qualification)

 

Section A (20%) – Shakespeare

Students will study ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Macbeth’ or ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

Students’ knowledge and understanding of the text will be tested through one extract-based question and one essay question.

 

Section B (20%): Poetry 1789 – present day

Students will study a range of poetry from 1789 to the present day, collated in the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology.

In the first question, students will be asked to write about a specified poem. In the second question, students will be asked to write about a second poem of their choice, chosen from the anthology and compare it to the first.

 

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT (Written paper) – Component 2: Post 1914 Prose / Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry (2 hours 30 minutes, 60% of qualification)

 

Section A (20%) - Post 1914 Prose / Drama

Students will study one of the following texts: ‘Lord of the Flies’; ‘The Woman in Black’; ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night’ (the play); ‘An Inspector Calls’; or ‘Blood Brothers’.

Assessment will be through a source based response, testing students’ knowledge and understanding of their set text.

 

Section B (20%) -  19th Century Prose

Students will study one of the following texts: ‘A Christmas Carol’; ‘War of the Worlds’; ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

Assessment will be through a source based response, testing students’ knowledge and understanding of their set text.

 

Section C (20%) – Unseen Poetry

Students will be asked to consider two unseen poems from the 20th or 21st century.

In the first questions, students will be asked to write a previously unseen poem. In the second question, they will be asked to write about a second unseen poem and compare it to the first.

 

Year 9/10/11 teaching group organisation:

English is taught to pupils of similar ability in sets.  English is allocated three periods each week in years 9 and 10 and four periods each week in year 11.

 

In-class assessment:

Students' progress is tested by regular assessments.  Each assessment focuses on a specific GCSE skill: reading or writing.  Assessment marks are recorded and are used to inform teaching and learning across KS4.  Students have opportunities to work in timed conditions in class but they also have the Year 9, 10 and 11 Mock examinations in order to experience working in exam conditions in the Hall/Gym.  Teachers and pupils review this exam work and pupils are assisted in the writing of meaningful targets to help them to achieve their GCSE target grades.

 

KS4 Extended writing and homework projects

In order to prepare students for extended writing in their end of course examinations, each half term, students will research current and challenging topics and issues and learn how to adapt this information to match the purpose, audience and text type of a task.

 

These will include:

  • Leaflets
  • Web pages
  • Reviews
  • Speeches
  • Letters
  • Reports
  • Debates
  • Narratives

 

For most students, English homework is set on a weekly basis.  This varied work will mostly link to these projects and will include: research; comprehension work; generating ideas; planning extended writing; essay writing; and exam revision.

 

Eng KS4

Diss High School

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