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Curriculum

English

Blackwater students study English to GCSE level through the CCEA examination board.

Aims of English at GCSE

This specification aims to encourage students to:

demonstrate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately;
express themselves creatively and imaginatively;
become critical readers of a range of texts, including multi-modal texts;
use reading to develop their own skills as writers;
understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written and spoken English;
understand the impact of variations in spoken and written language and how they relate to identity and cultural diversity; and
select and adapt speech and writing to different situations and audiences.

Content Assessment Weighting

Unit 1:

Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts

External examination

1 hour 30 minutes

20%

Unit 2:

Functional Writing and Reading Non Fiction

External examination

1 hour 30 minutes

20%

Unit 3:

Speaking and Listening

Controlled Assessment

(CCEA guided)

20%

Unit 4:

Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively

Controlled Assessment

(CCEA set tasks)

40%

English Literature

GCSE Literature is suited to those students who show an interest and ability in English at Key Stage 3.

Aims of GCSE Literature

This specification aims to encourage students to:

• understand that texts from the English, Welsh or Irish literary heritage have been influential and significant over time, and explore their meaning today;

• explore how texts from different cultures and traditions may reflect or influence values, assumptions and sense of identity;

• connect ideas, themes and issues, drawing on a range of texts;

• become critical readers of fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry and drama;

• experience different times, cultures, viewpoints and situations as found in literary texts.

Content Assessment Weighting

Unit 1:

The Study of Prose

External Examination

1 hour

25%

Unit 2:

The Study of Drama and Poetry

External Examination

2 hours

50%

Unit 3:

The Study of Linked Texts

Controlled Assessment

(CCEA set task)

25%