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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Year 10 English Programme

Information about how to support your child and the English Programme of Study for Years 10 and 11

I am writing to you to ensure you are fully informed about your child’s programme of study for English in Year 10. 

As you may know, this is a vital year for students in English as they will be completing controlled assessments in lessons which will count as 40% of their total grade for GCSE English. As OFQUAL have ruled that Speaking and Listening marks will no longer count towards the final GCSE grade, excellent Controlled Assessments marks are now even more important. 

With this in mind, please help support your child’s English teacher by ensuring he or she is completing homework to a high standard and coming to English lessons well-equipped (for example with supporting notes needed for completion of assessments) and focused on their learning.

Another way to support your child and their teacher is to read the full programme of study for the year which can be found attached to this document. Please see the Language/Literature programme for sets 1 and 2 and the English programme for sets 3 to 7. You can see from this what your child will be studying right through to Year 11. All Year 10 students are currently working towards their first Controlled Assessment which is on a Shakespeare text.

I hope this is helpful.  If you have any questions or concerns about Year 10 English, please do not hesitate to contact me via the FROG contact page.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Harper

KS4 Coordinator

English

 

Year 10 and 11 Programme of Study – English Department

September 2013

 

English (sets 3 – 7)

 

Students in sets 3 – 7 are working towards their English GCSE.  This will include:

 

  • 5 Controlled Assessments which will account for 40% of their final GCSE grade. These will be carried out in lessons and include:
    • Essay on a Shakespeare play.
    • Essay on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
    • Essay on two poems from the English Literary Heritage.
    • Two essays where students write creatively for different purposes.
  • An English exam in Year 11. The exam tests the students’ reading comprehension skills and also their writing skills including spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Students are also tested on their speaking and listening skills with a focus on individual speeches, collaboratively working in groups and drama activities. They will receive a separate qualification for this aspect of the course.

 

 

English Language and Literature (sets 1 and 2)

 

Students in sets 1 and 2 are working towards their English Language and English Literature GCSEs. These will include:

 

English Language

 

  • 4 Controlled Assessments which will account for 40% of their final GCSE grade. These will be carried out in lessons and include:
    • An essay on an aspect of spoken language.
    • An essay on John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
    • Two essays where students write creatively for different purposes.
  • An English exam in Year 11. The exam tests the students’ reading comprehension skills and also their writing skills including spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Students are also tested on their speaking and listening skills with a focus on individual speeches, collaboratively working in groups and drama activities. They will receive a separate qualification for this aspect of the course.

 

English Literature

 

  • One Controlled Assessment where students compare a Shakespeare play with poetry from the English Literary Heritage. This will account for 25% of the English Literature GCSE.
  • An English exam in Year 11 which consists of two papers and is worth 75% of the English Literature GCSE:
    • Exploring modern texts – students will complete tasks based on John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men and J B Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls.
    • Poetry across time – Comparison of two poems from the GCSE poetry anthology and a response to an unseen poem.