|Outline of course and examples of learning outcomes:
English is one of the core subjects at GCSE level and must be studied by all pupils. It is the gateway to all learning and we, at New Horizons, aim to give students the tools they need, not only in terms of everyday literacy, but also in the hope of developing independent and active readers. The GCSE course in KS4 runs over two years (10 and 11) and culminates in examinations in English Language at the end of year 11. During these two years, pupils will study a wide range of topics and subjects, drawing on a variety of text types and visual media, in order to ensure that they develop a fully rounded understanding of the English language. We hope to enable pupils to:
- read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
- read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
- write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
- use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
- acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
This is a two year course comprising years 10 and 11. Pupils in year 10 will usually receive three fifty minute lessons per week, while year 11 students have this number increased to four, as they will generally sit exams at the end of this year. Each term students will study a new unit of work. Designed to prepare pupils for exams, engage them in topical issues and build literacy skills these units are reviewed annually. Pupils will be regularly assessed over the course of the two years and will then be expected to sit their GCSE exams at the end of year 11.
Pupils in year 11 are currently completing the new specification AQA GCSE course, which . This specification is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course The source for the reading questions will be a literature fiction text. It will be drawn from either the 20th or 21st century. Its genre will be prose fiction. It will include extracts from novels and short stories and focus on openings, endings, narrative perspectives and points of view, narrative or descriptive passages, character, atmospheric descriptions and other appropriate narrative and descriptive approaches.
As a stimulus for students’ own writing, there will be a choice of scenario, written prompt or visual image that is related to the topic of the reading text in section A. The scenario sets out a context for writing with a designated audience, purpose and form that will differ to those specified on Paper 2.