Students study an exciting syllabus that fulfills all the requirements of The National Curriculum. Schemes of work are designed to provide a solid foundation to underpin the skills required for G.C.S.E.
Students learn to write in a variety of formats including; discursive and comparative essays, diary entries, letters, newspaper reports and other narrative styles. Technical accuracy is strongly emphasised and at Key Stage 3 students have at least 1 literacy lesson per week to focus on complex sentences and punctuation, expanding vocabulary and paragraphing and structuring work.
At Sanders School we believe that communication equates to success. Students are encouraged to take part in individual and group led discussions and to articulate themselves through role play, drama improvisations and presentations.
The English Department has an extensive range of reading material, including both fiction and non-fiction texts. At key Stage 3, Students are taught to read for both pleasure and from an analytical perspective in order to provide them with the proficiency for Key stage 4.
Many of our Students in Year Nine will follow the G.C.S.E syllabus. They will cover topics such as; Poetry from Other Cultures and Traditions, Shakespeare and The Writing Triplets. All assessed work is graded as opposed to being leveled, in order to prepare our students with the assessment objectives in years Ten and Eleven.
Examining Board: AQA
Students will study a combined G.C.S.E course or separate courses in G.C.S.E Language and Literature. Under new constraints imposed by the Examination Board, students will complete coursework under controlled conditions within a specific time limit. All coursework is to be handwritten and students will be fully aware of regulations. The majority of Controlled Assessments will be completed in Year Ten to enable students to prepare for examinations in year eleven.
Students will sit their final G.C.S.E English Examination in January of Year eleven. This provides an opportunity for students to pay to re-sit in June if they fall short of their Target Grades.
G.C.S.E Revision Sessions
In the months leading up to the G.C.S.E English Language and Literature examinations, a series of revision sessions are held after-school. This gives students the opportunity to develop their examination techniques and responses and the chance to revise from past papers.
Breakfast Revision Sessions
Breakfast Revision Sessions are also offered on the morning of English G.C.S.E examinations, where students can discuss issues with their teachers and revise for examinations whilst having croissants, muffins and fruit juice.
Examples of Key Texts Studies at G.C.S.E
Career Paths in English
In the English department, we strongly believe that proficient English skills are a vital attribute for any career path. However, for students with a particular interest in the subject there are many exciting career opportunities. These include;
The books suggested will appeal to a range of readers. You may also enjoy other books by these authors. All the books listed can be borrowed from the school library.
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