English and Communication

English Language and English Literature specification:

English Language
Government changes this year to the curriculum means that there will be no requirement for us to administer our normal Speaking and Listening Day. This assessment will be done by teachers in class to minimise any disruption to learning. These grades will then be forwarded to the exam board in line with current regulations and students will receive an endorsement for their speaking and listening as normal.

English Literature
In accordance with the new government regulations Year 11 will not be studying Blood Brothers this year and, instead, students will be revising Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol and the poetry anthology. This will provide us with an extra opportunity to recognise any gaps in the students’ learning due to the lengthy period we were in isolation. Alongside this we will be teaching students how to approach the unseen poetry question.

Changes to the Literature Exam:

Students will sit three exams in GCSE English Literature (this is an adaptation for this year only)
Paper 1A: Anthology Poetry
(50 Minutes)
Students will answer one question on section B of the anthology Power and Conflict

There will then be a short, supervised break followed by the following paper:

Paper 1B: A Christmas Carol
(50 Minutes)
Students will answer one question based on A Christmas Carol

Paper 2 (compulsory) – Romeo and Juliet and the unseen poetry
(1 hour 45 minutes)

Section A
Students answer one question on Romeo and Juliet

Section B
Part 1
Students answer one question on one unseen poem
Part 2
Students answer one question comparing the first unseen poem with a second unseen poem.




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