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English Key Stage 4

English as a First Language

Year 10 and 11 students follow the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus (CIE 0500).  The main areas of assessment include: Summary Writing, Directed Writing, Composition and Language Effects.  In addition, work is monitored and assessed throughout the course in the form of homework, class work, timed essays, exam practice, tests and oral contributions.

The First Language English course aims to:

  • Enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in speech and writing
  • Enable students to understand and respond appropriately to what they hear, read and experience
  • Encourage students to enjoy and appreciate variety of language
  • Complement students’ other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences)
  • Promote students personal development and an understanding of themselves and others.

English as a Second Language

Year 10 and 11 students follow the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus (0510).  The main areas of assessment include Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  In addition, work is monitored and assessed throughout the course in the form of homework, class work, timed essays, exam practice, tests and oral contributions.

The English as a Second Language course aims to:

  • Enable students to understand and respond to information presented in a variety of forms
  • Enable students to select and organise material relevant to specific purposes
  • Enable students to infer information from texts
  • Encourage students to communicate clearly, accurately and appropriately
  • Encourage students to convey and express opinions effectively in written and spoken form
  • Develop students’ range and understanding of vocabulary
  • Encourage students to employ appropriate conventions of writing

English Literature

English Literature is offered as an option at KS4. Students who select English Literature at IGCSE follow the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus (0486). Students are assessed on their ability to give a personal, informed response to the three main forms of Literature: prose, drama and poetry. Students are also required to respond to an unseen text.

The English Literature course aims to encourage and develop students’ ability to:

  • Enjoy the experience of reading literature
  • Understand and respond to literary texts in different forms and from different periods and cultures
  • Give responses appropriately and effectively
  • Appreciate different ways in which writers achieve their effects
  • Experience literature’s contribution to the development of imagination and intellect
  • Explore the contribution of literature to an understanding of areas of human concern
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle