Key Stage 4 English

Our Department is a dedicated team of experienced professionals eager to inspire, challenge and facilitate learning for our students at Builth Wells High School. We deliver three hours of carefully designed English lessons to each student in our care per week, covering a breadth of skills relating to Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Whilst helping the students to become proficient in developing skills in these areas, we also endeavour to make learning purposeful, fun and relevant to their lives and experiences. We are committed to providing personalised learning for the students in our care and strive to ensure that every child’s needs are planned for, monitored and accommodated.

Staffing

Staff Member                                      Role

  • Mrs Judith Sharp                |     Acting Curriculum and Progress Manager
  • Mrs Lynda Haywood         |     Teacher of English & Media Studies
  • Mr Robyn Lewis                   |     Teacher of English & Drama
  • Mrs Sally Morris                   |     Teacher of English & MFL
  • Mrs Carol Walsh                  |     Teacher of English

KS4 Course Outline

WJEC Examination board

GCSE English Language

 UNIT 1     4941 / 01 (F)  02 (H)

  • Exam 1 ¾  hrs (60 marks / 30%)
  • Section A: Reading = unseen prose by major writer (15%)
  • Section B: Writing  = one imaginative writing task (15%)

 

UNIT 2      4942 / 01 (F)  02 (H)

  • Exam 1 ¾  hrs (60 marks / 30%)
  • Section A: Reading = instructional / explanatory / persuasive / media texts (15%)
  • Section B: Writing  = one explanatory / persuasive writing task (15%)

 

UNIT 3       4943 / 01

  • Controlled Assessment (20%)
  • Reading: instructional / explanatory / persuasive (10%)
  • Writing: from a list of tasks specified by WJEC (10%)

 

UNIT 4       4944 / 01

  • Controlled Assessment (20%)
  • Task 1 = presentation / talk, answering questions, in either a formal or informal situation (10%).
  • Task 2 = group discussion that has a local community / workplace focus or topic where candidates have a role and sustain a point of view (10%).

 

GCSE English Literature

UNIT 1       4201 / 01 (F)  02 (H) 

  • Exam 2 hrs ( 35%)
  • Section A:  = individual texts in context (21%)
  • Section B: = comparative study. Unseen poetry (14%)

 

UNIT 2a     4202 / 01 (F)  02 (H)

  • Exam 2 hrs (40%)
  • Literary heritage drama (20%)
  • Contemporary prose (20%)

 

UNIT 2b     4202 / 03 (F)  04 (H) 

  • Exam 2 hrs (40%)
  • Contemporary prose (20%)
  • Literary heritage drama (20%)

 

UNIT 3     4203 / 01

  • 25% CA

 

Year 10

Autumn Term

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 

 

 

KS4 Information

Assessment – How is work assessed?

Books are frequently checked and evaluated in the form of acknowledgement marking.

Controlled Assessments (CAs) are spread regularly throughout Year 10 and 11 and careful consideration is given to the student’s readiness to complete these to the best of their ability. These are formal, summative assessments that go towards the pupil’s final grade.

Homework – Frequency and type of work

Dependant on unit of work undertaken

How can you support your child?

Encourage wide and varied reading at all levels

Equipment Required

Pen, pencil, ruler

Suggested Reading List, a list of authors and poets

William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Dylan Thomas, RS Thomas, Emily Dickinson, JB Priestley, Robert Cormier, Harper Lee, JD Sallinger, Laurie Lee, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, Ian McEwan, Seamus Heaney, Carol Anne Duffy, Sylvia Plath, Earnest Hemingway, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, DH Lawrence, George Eliot, Graham Greene, Joseph Heller, WH Auden

Useful websites

 www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english  
www.poetryarchive.org
www.rsc.org.uk
www.shakespearesglobe.com


KS4 Subjects