Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Key Stage 4 English

As a ‘core’ subject, English must be studied by all students until they leave school.  All students will work towards achieving two GCSEs by the end of Key Stage 4: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  In line with the changes in the curriculum, all English exams are 100% terminal exam and require commitment, resilience and independent study to enable success.  Students follow courses leading to GCSEs awarded by the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC), also known as Eduqas, which is assessed as follows:

 

EXAM 2017

COMPONENT

English Literature

  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry

2hrs

40% of qualification

Component 1, Section A

Shakespeare

 

Component 1, Section B

Poetry from 1789 to present day

English Literature

  • Post-1914 drama/prose
  • th Century Prose
  • Unseen Poetry

2hrs 30min

60% of qualification

 

 

Component 2, Section A

Post-1914 Prose/Drama

 

Component 2, Section B

19th Century Prose

Component 2, Section C

Unseen Poetry from

20th/21st Century

English Language

  • Reading
  • Writing

1 hr 45 mins

40% of qualification

Component 1, Section A

Reading 20th century literature

 

Component 1, Section B

Writing – creative

 

English Language

  • Reading
  • Writing

2 hrs

60% of qualification

 

Component 2, Section A

Reading  two unseen non-fiction texts

 

Component 2, Section B

Transactional writing

Speaking and Listening

Component 3, Spoken  Language

 

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REVISON

 

  • To prepare for the non-fiction reading and writing examination students should look at BBC Bitesize, select English then Reading and Writing pages (non-fiction).
  • Encourage your child to read newspapers- a wide variety of articles. Topical and contemporary issues are chosen by the exam board and keeping up to date with the news and global issues is useful. Also, regular reading of non-fiction materials: travel guides, articles, reviews, reports, autobiographies, leaflets, blogs, webpages…

Useful websites:

  • www.theguardian.com/uk
  • www.thetimes.co.uk/
  • www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk
  • There is a selection of Revision Power Points, Past Papers, Mark Schemes and Sample/ Model responses on Moodle under English. Also, information on how they are marked and top tips on what the examiner is looking for! This offers a real opportunity to prepare fully for the real examination.
  • *Grammar Matters! Spelling, sentence structure and punctuation
  • *KS4 intervention classes with Mrs Winter are available every Friday lunchtime
  • * From March onwards, until the examinations, we offer tailored after school booster sessions (students will be given an outline of the weekly skills covered and should attend as many as possible). 

 

OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES TO AID REVISION

 

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE REVISION

 

Letts notes/ guides, York notes and Spark notes are useful in revising for the examinations. However, we cannot stress enough the importance of a close textual knowledge and understanding- students should re-read their annotated copies of set literature texts as full preparation as many times as possible. In addition, they should practice for the unseen poetry section of the exam.

In-house produced revision guides for all set texts will be made available from the English office to purchase closer to the examination date.

Moodle contains podcasts, Power Point revision materials, Past Papers and Mark guides and Sample/ Model Answers.

REMEMBER: Grammar Matters! Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar are now assessed on this paper. LEARN key spellings of names, themes and ambitious vocabulary to evaluate characters and comment on the social and historical context of the novel.