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Welcome to the curriculum page for English. The curriculum is delivered in 7 specialist rooms, 5 in the Hewitt Building and 2 in the Science block; supported by fully equipped classrooms that include: interactive whiteboards and visualisers.
Curriculum Information - English
To support your son’s learning and engagement in this subject he needs to have: more than one black or blue pen, a green pen, a ruler, and some highlighters. It will also help him if he has a mini dictionary and a mini thesaurus. In year 10 and 11 your son will be given a poetry anthology and will also be given the option to purchase a range of revision guides to support the GCSE syllabuses.
To support your son, resources are available on the school’s VLE, vle.westhillschool.co.uk. These include PiXL revision and testing packs for all GCSE Language and Literature units. We currently subscribe to Doddle, which we use to set challenges and quizzes for Key Stage 3 homework.
In years 10 and 11, pupils follow the AQA course for English Language and the AQA course for English Literature. This course is assessed by examinations only at the end of Year 11. The English Language exam is based on two papers and the English Literature exam is also based on two papers – totalling four exam paper across the two courses. Further details are available from the examination boards, as shown below.
English Language: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700
English Literature: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702