Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4
Throughout the examination stage of the curriculum, students are taught in mixed ability groups and work is differentiated to support and challenge the students.
The English Language and English Literature GCSEs involve students work towards examinations at the end of Year 11. This is 100% examination.
Alongside the teaching of the GCSE prescribed course, students take part in various workshops and theatre visits to enrich the learning of set texts. For example, in Year 11 students study William Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’ both of which they saw live on stage as organised trips.
In addition, students are offered the opportunity to attend the ‘Poetry Live’ event where they will meet some of the poets who have contributed to the examined poetry anthology and participate in workshops designed to improve their approach to poetry in the examination.
Also, in Year 10 students attend a workshop aimed at improving their speaking and listening skills for their GCSE in English Language. The workshop is run by the Jack Petchy Foundation and aims to give students more confidence when speaking in formal situations. At the end of the workshop, students are entered into regional finals for a chance to win top prizes and to speak in front of influential people. This a highly valuable opportunity for students and teachers to gain a more sophisticated awareness of the skills of effective communication which benefits their performance in the Spoken Language element of the GCSE English Language course.
Students receive seven lessons a fortnight and are set homework once a fortnight in accordance with the Independent Learning Policy. Homework may include research tasks, preparations for upcoming lessons, work related to the set texts or the practice of examination style questions. Homework is differentiated to the needs of the learner to support and challenge students so they can achieve their potential.
In Year 10 students focus mainly on the English Language GCSE with some integration of the English Literature texts. They are required to write both creatively and produce transactional and persuasive writing. The reading element of the assessment requires them to engage with a 20th century fiction extract and two 19th and 21st century non-fiction texts. Throughout Year 10 they will begin to prepare for the final examinations in Year 11 and consequently go through Mock examinations in preparation. At the end of Year 10, students will begin to read the first set text for the English Literature examination, which is ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ by William Shakespeare.
In Year 11 students continue to study the set texts for the English Literature examination. There are four set texts: ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ by William Shakespeare, ‘An Inspector Calls,’ by J.B. Priestley, ‘A Christmas Carol,' by Charles Dickens and a poetry anthology of 18 poems from 1789 to the present day. Students also complete a spoken language assessment which is recorded separately to their GCSE grade. Preparation for both examinations will take place in the form of revision sessions, intervention programmes and Mock examinations. Over the course of the two years all students are given the opportunity to gain two separate qualifications in the subject and hopefully a skill set that will enable them to achieve their goals after their time at Rooks Heath College.