English

Studying English at Dormston is an exciting and challenging experience – in what other subject could you travel to different worlds? Dip into Dickensian London? Be transported to Jacobean England? Create gripping narratives? Discuss, explore and imagine?

The English Department runs the Eduqas English Language and Literature GCSEs. We are fortunately staffed with subject specialists who love their subject and are passionate and enthusiastic teachers. Staffing is as follows:

Mrs Moseley (Head of English), Mrs Windmill (Second in English), Mrs Millership (Key Stage 4 co–ordinator), Mr Corns (Keys Stage 3 co-ordinator), Mr Fox (Literacy Co-ordinator), Mrs Ainge (Head of Drama), Miss Chaplin, Miss Sadler, Miss Merrick and Mr Bourne.

KS3

Here at Dormston we believe that success in Key Stage 4 is built on success at Key Stage 3. Students study a diverse and challenging curriculum throughout their first years at the school which is designed to develop key skills and guide learners towards becoming independent and motivated students ready for the GCSE course in Year 10.

Year 7

In their first year at Dormston students study a programme of learning that is designed to bridge the gap between primary and secondary school.  Our year 7 course is made up of the following modules:
                  - Hidden Treasures and Transactional Writing
                  - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Creative Writing Skills
                  - An Introduction to Shakespeare
                  - Non-fiction through the ages
Students are assessed continually throughout the year by staff and are formally assessed at calendared points at each half term.  These assessments are used to monitor student progress and tailor intervention, support and challenge as necessary.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 build on the skills that they have developed in the previous year whilst moving towards a more rigorous approach to English.  Our Year 8 course consists of:

  • Darkside and Creative Writing Skills
  • Romantic Poetry, Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing Skills
  • Henry IV Part 1
  • Fiction Through the Ages

Students are assessed continually throughout the year by staff and are formally assessed at calendared points at each half term.  These assessments are used to monitor student progress and tailor intervention, support and challenge as necessary.

Year 9

The final year of Key Stage 3 cements to transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 and equips students with the skills required to access and succeed in the GCSE courses.  Our Year 9 curriculum is made up of the following components:

  • War Poetry and Creative Writing Skills
  • Detective Fiction and Non-fiction Analysis
  • Victorian Context and Creative Writing Skills
  • Macbeth

Students are assessed continually throughout the year by staff and are formally assessed at calendared points at each half term.  These assessments are used to monitor student progress and tailor intervention, support and challenge as necessary.

GCSE

Here at Dormston we believe that success in Key Stage 4 is built on success at Key Stage 3.  Students study a diverse and challenging curriculum throughout their first years at the school which is designed to develop key skills and guide learners towards becoming independent and motivated students ready for the GCSE course in Year 10.

At the end of two years, students will receive two separate qualifications in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

GCSE qualifications are reported on a nine point scale from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.  All course components are assessed via examinations at the end of the two year course.

Students’ progress is tracked through a series of half-termly assessments, along with mock examinations at the end of Year 10 and during Year 11.

English Language Course Components

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading Study and Creative Prose Writing. 40%  (1 hour 45 minutes)

Section A (20%) – Reading (40 marks)

This exam will be an unseen extract from one 20th century literary prose text (about 600-1000 lines).  It will be a series of structured questions.

Section B (20%) – Creative Prose Writing (40 marks)

This section will test creative prose writing through one 40 mark task. You will be offered a choice of four titles giving opportunities for writing to describe and narrate, and imaginative and creative use of language.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading Study and Transactional/Persuasive Writing.  60%  (2 hours)

Section A (30%) – Reading  (40 marks)

This exam will be two high-quality unseen non-fiction extracts (900 – 1200 lines), one from the 19th century and one from the 21st century. Non-fiction extracts could include: letters, extracts from biographies and autobiographies, diaries, reports, newspapers, magazines and digital/multi-modal texts. It will be a series of structured questions.

Section B (30%) – Writing (40 marks)

This section will test transactional, persuasive and/or discursive writing through two equally weighted compulsory tasks (20 marks each). Across the two tasks, you will be offered opportunities to write for a range of audiences and purposes, adapting style to form and real-life contexts in for example, letters, articles, reviews, speeches etc.

Component 3 – Spoken Language

Formal presentation – (40 marks)

Students will be required to complete one formal presentation or speech and will be assessed on responses to questions and feedback following the presentation.

Spoken language will be reported on as part of the qualification, but it will not form

part of the final mark and grade.

English Literature Course Components

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry 40%  (2 hours)

Section A (20%)  – Shakespeare  (40 marks)

Study of Macbeth. One extract (15 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) based on the reading of the play.

(Students are not permitted to take copies of the text into the examination)

Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day

Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology. One question will be on a named poem (15 marks) and one which involves comparison of the named poem with another from the anthology (25 marks)

(Students are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination)

Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry   60% (2 hours and 30 minutes)

Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama  (40 marks)

An Inspector Calls (Priestley)

One source -based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text.

(Students are not permitted to take copies of the text into the examination)

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose  (40 marks)

A Christmas Carol (Dickens) 

One source-based question on a 19th Century prose text. Answers must include knowledge of the context of the novel.

(Students are not permitted to take copies of the text into the examination).

Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century (40 marks)

Two questions on unseen poems. One question is an analysis of one unseen poem (15 marks) and one which involves comparison of this poem with another unseen poem (25 marks).