Y10: GCSE English

This GCSE course leads to a single terminal examination, together with a series of controlled assessment tasks. Pupils work toward the objectives of units 1 and 3 as set out below:

Unit 1 – Understanding and producing non-fiction texts

Pupils will continuously work on this unit throughout year 10 and 11 in preparation for their GCSE examinations as well as developing their writing for their controlled coursework.

Pupils are required to read and understand a range of non-fiction texts, identifying the writers’ crafts and transferring these skills into their own writing for a range of genres, audiences and purposes. The functional elements of English reading and writing are embedded within this unit allowing candidates to demonstrate that they are competent readers and writers in their daily lives. Reading texts will be drawn from a range of non-fiction genres. Some texts will be clearly functional in context (such as information leaflets) and others will be those which pupils can clearly expect to read in their daily lives including media sources (including texts with images, and/or other presentational devices) and literary non-fiction (such as travelogues and biographies). In preparing for this unit, candidates should draw on a variety of text types and transfer their reading skills.

There will be two writing tasks, one shorter and one longer. The shorter task will ask pupils to write to inform, explain or describe; the longer task will require more developed and sustained ideas which argue or persuade. Pupils will be required to adapt their style to fit audience and purpose.

Unit 3: Understanding and producing creative texts

In year 10, alongside unit 1, pupils work toward the objectives of part a) of unit 3 as set out below:

Part a: Understanding creative texts (literary reading) – candidates choose up to three tasks from the bank of published titles for the year the pupil submits the units. They must write about their study of literary texts, drawing on a play by Shakespeare, a text from the English Literary Heritage and a text from a different culture. Each task will be marked separately out of 15 and the marks added together to give a final mark out of 45.

Pupils will study: Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet and World War One Poems including ‘Falling Leaves’, ‘Futility’ and Dulce et Decorum est.’

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