Information for Parents

Want to better understand the GCSE English courses? Click on the link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o9ngsdval3x2sgf/ENGLISH%20COURSE%20GUIDE%20FOR%20PARENTS.docx?dl=0

Has your child said that they cannot revise/don't know how to revise for English?

Take a look at this PowerPoint that we have to put together to help alleviate this issue! https://www.dropbox.com/s/qbk6tov6zzv3qtw/HOW%20TO%20REVISE.pptx?dl=0

Want to have a better understanding of the GCSE English assessment objectives? Click on the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8m5dl5p9uqndhhe/Year%2011%20English%20Improvement%20Helpsheet%20-%20IMPORTANT.docx?dl=0

Want to print off some revision booklets to help your child revise?

‘R+J’: http://lordderbyacademy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/GCSE-2017-Romeo-Juliet-Assessment-booklet.pdf

‘ACC’: https://www.henry-cort.hants.sch.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=1021&type=pdf

‘AIC’: http://www.brockington.leics.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/revisionguides/englitinspectorcalls.pdf

Love and relationships poetry: https://www.hylands-tkat.org/uploads/files/Knowledge-Organiser-Love-and-Relationships-Poetry.pdf     http://www.drapersacademy.com/Love-Relationship-Poems

English Language papers: https://www.ktemplar.herts.sch.uk/Learning/English/GCSE_English_Language_Papers_1_and_2_Revision_Guide.pdf    http://www.sflt.org.uk/greenacre/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/04/English-Language-revision-guide.pdf

Overview of English Literature GCSE and English Language GCSE

AQA English Language: What do I need to revise?
CHECK OUT THIS PAPER 1 and PAPER 2 WALKTHROUGH POWERPOINT THAT WE HAVE MADE FOR YOU REVISION: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qpf8v8344wykvep/Paper%201%20and%202%20Walkthrough.pptx?dl=0 
Paper 1 - ANALYSING ONE EXTRACT
Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (8700/1)
Section A
  • 4 questions (list, how does the writer use language, how does the writer use structure and evaluate)
  • Do not look at language devices in question 1.
  • You MUST analyse at language devices in questions 2 and 4. USE PETAL.
  • You MUST analyse at structural devices in question 3. Do NOT look at language devices. USE BME (beginning, middle, end) and SFZ (shift, focus, zoom).
Paper 1 Section B
  • Narrative/descriptive creative writing
  • Language devices, punctuation, varying sentence length, structural features and wow words are of vital importance in this question. This matter much more than the story that you come up with.
  • Revise the 6 paragraph plan and language devices. Practise makes perfect!
MRS WHELAN'S WALKTHROUGH OF PAPER 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Q_sc2mkeY 
MR BRUFF'S PAPER 1 TIPS VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLryfCtvgJw
MR BRUFF'S HOW TO GET FULL MARKS ON Q5 VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cULjQSOxBCg
 
Paper 2 - COMPARING TWO EXTRACTS
Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives (8700/2)
Section A
  • 4 questions (4 true statements, summary, how and compare)
Paper 2 Section B
  • Non-fiction writing (e.g. letter, speech, review, article, leaflet, report, essay + travel)
MRS WHELAN'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL (several Paper 2 videos found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0jbf4wI1GPts6hpbKZ-7Bw/videos
MR BRUFF PAPER 2 PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtgpdXbSUPQ&list=PLqGFsWf-P-cB-GSeqYup7PXId4pbldQVq
COMPLETE PAST PAPERS HERE:
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/assessment-resources
 
AQA English Literature: What do I need to revise?

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What's assessed

How it's assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • 64 marks

  • 40% of GCSE

Questions

Section A: Shakespeare: you will answer one question on 'Romeo and Juliet'. You 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 'A Christmas Carol'. You 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

What's assessed

How it's assessed

  • written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes

  • 96 marks

  • 60% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Modern texts: you will answer one essay question from a choice of two on 'An Inspector Calls'. YOU WILL NEED TO WRITE PETAL PARAGRAPHS.

Section B Poetry: you will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the Love and Relationships poetry cluster. YOU WILL NEED TO WRITE BOLT BOLT PARAGRAPHS.

Section C Unseen poetry: you will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem. YOU WILL NEED TO WRITE PETAL PARAGRAPHS FOR THE QUESTION ABOUT ONE POEM AND BOLT BOLT PARAGRAPHS ABOUT TWO POEMS.