Head of faculty: Mr C Collis
Deputy head of faculty: Mr C Bonny-Meekings (Acting)
Teaching Staff: Mrs H Burnell, Mrs D Eyre, Mr C Bonny-Meekings, Mrs C Chaplais, Mrs M Hensher, Miss L Moore
AQA- English Literature. Examination in 2016 only.
As of November 2015 our current year 11s will be completing GCSE English Literature. This will provide all learners with the opportunity to gain a second English GCSE, developing their interpretation, analytical and reading skills.
All learners will complete two examinations and one piece of controlled assessment.
During their final three terms at Kingsbury, learners will be exploring:
- ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ by William Shakespeare.
- A range of poems from the AQA Anthology,’ Moon on the Tides.’
- ‘Of Mice and Men’, by John Steinbeck
- ‘An Inspector Calls,’ by J.B. Priestley
AQA – English Literature Examinations Summer 2017 onwards;
As of September 2015, there have been big changes to GCSE English, both in Language and in Literature.
All learners, sitting exams from Summer 2017, will complete both qualifications in this new format, and through the exploration of a range of texts and approaches will develop transferable skills that will allow them to tackle all examinations at the end of year 11.
Both English Language and English Literature will be studied and explored throughout the two year course. Transferable skills will be key and clear. Measurable points will be embedded to ensure that progress is made by all learners.
All English Literature will be completed in folders.
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
- The 19th century novel
How it’s assessed;
- written exam: 1 hour 45 mins
- 64 marks
- 40% of GCSE
Section A Shakespeare: Students will answer one question on their play of choice. The will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
- Modern text
- Unseen poetry
How it’s assessed;
- written exam: 2 hours 15 mins
- 96 marks
- 60% of GCSE
Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
Section B Poetry: students will answer on comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chose anthology cluster.
Section C Unseen Poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
Both exams rely on the learners developing their own understanding of texts, being able to support their views and ideas with relevant textual evidence and then explaining why ideas were created in that way or put forward in the first place. Literature allows a real opportunity for learners to express their own ideas and develop a grasp of bigger ideas through close reading of texts.
What can we do?
The course will evolve with the needs of the learners. Having an awareness of Shakespearian texts, poetry and a range of prose would all support in developing the depth required to succeed in the English Literature qualification.