Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character

English

Course:

English Literature and Language

English Literature Examination Criteria:

Students will complete 2 written assessments, each 2 hours long.

Paper 1:

Section A: Students analyse an extract from their studied play to an unseen play extract

Section B: Students analyse either an extract or an ‘elsewhere’ from their pre-19th century text


Paper 2:

Section A: Students analyse a poem from their studied poetry anthology to an unseen poem

Section B: Students analyse either an extract or an ‘elsewhere’ from their Shakespeare play


English Language Examination Criteria:

Students will complete 2 written assessments, each 2 hours long.

Paper 1:

Section A: Students analyse writers’ use of language and structure

Section B: Students write for a specific purpose, audience and form


Paper 2:

Section A: Students analyse writers’ use of language and structure

Section B: Imaginative writing


Grading Structure: 1 -9

Exam board Website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-english-...

Course Specification: OCR English

Progress 8 Slot: English/Open slot

Head of Department: Miss S Robson

Course Description:

KS3: Core Subject

KS4: Core Subject

KS5: Option

All students in years 7 and 8 will study a range of media, poetry and literature. These include, for example: "Dracula", "A Christmas Carol", "Macbeth" and "To Kill a Mockingbird". Learners are encouraged to be independent and innovative towards their own learning and critical thinking.

Students receive five 50 minute lessons per week.

The Key Stage 3 scheme of work has been created to follow the National Curriculum and aspects of the National Literacy Strategy.

Students are assessed on a fortnightly basis according to the assessment foci pupils have studied in that time. Assessments are comment marked in order for pupils to identify their weak areas and know how to improve. Redraft lessons are encouraged to support pupils achieve their full potential.

All students in Years 9,10 and 11 will study for OCR English Languageand Literature GCSE. These are two separate qualifications. For each qualification, pupils will complete two examinations. Their studies will focus on building their knowledge of texts, how to decode unseen texts and writing skills.

The college offers English Literature A-Level. Following the AQA specification, pupils read texts around the theme of love through the ages. Currently, this includes analyzing the following: Shakespeare, Poetry, "The Great Gatsby" and "Room with a View".

Department statement

In the English department at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, our vision is to develop students who articulate their thoughts and opinions from reading a rich array of literature. We encourage learners to engage and explore a range of texts, fiction and non-fiction, so that they have a secure understanding of history, culture and current affairs. Discovering new characters, plots and scenes, pupils can shape their own writing to be imaginative, engaging and innovative.

Careers

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Blogger
  • Lawyer
  • Editor
  • Media/Advertising
  • Social Media Manager

Useful resource links:

GCSE Bitesize

OCR website


Extra Curricular

The English Department offers a wide range of Extra Curricular activities under the banner of Progress Clubs. The English department offer: Debate Club, Drama Club, Reading Club, and Media Club. They aim to support pupils’ progression and enjoyment within English.

The department currently runs various holiday schools at certain times of the year. These have included Y6 primary, Y7 – Y13 catch up, GAT, and exam revision.