Tips for Revision

Revision can become a mammoth task when you are sitting your GCSEs. The best advice is to begin early and do little and often. To begin, you should create a revision timetable that helps you plan which units to cover and when. Each one of these should then be tested at frequent intervals to help…

GCSE English Literature – An Inspector Calls (EDEXCEL)

English Literature Paper 1 is 1 hour and 45 mins long, and will be on Macbeth and An Inspector Calls. The full text can be found here: An-Inspector-Calls-Full-Text. For An Inspector Calls you will get  choice of two questions but only need to answer ONE. The questions will definitely include a quotation from the play which you should engage with…

GCSE English Literature – Unseen Poetry (EDEXCEL)

Your English Literature Paper 2 exam looks like this: Section A  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (two questions, 40 marks, 55 mins in total) Section B 1. Poetry Anthology (one poem printed in the exam paper – you will have to compare it with another poem of your choice from the anthology….

GCSE English Literature – Paper 1: Macbeth (EDEXCEL)

In English Literature Paper 1, you will answer the first half on Shakespeare (Macbeth), and the second half on An Inspector Calls. Macbeth Questions: Worth 40 marks in total (half of the whole paper, one quarter of the whole Literature GCSE) question a) will be an extract from the play which you have to analyse. This tests…

GCSE English Language – Paper 1: 20th Century Reading (EDUQAS)

Your first English Language exam will start with a reading paper. You will be asked a range of questions about a text from the 20th Century. Have a look at these resources to help you prepare for the exam… Knowledge organiser: Knowledge Organiser 20th Century Reading Mock paper 1: WT Mock Lang 1 – walk through…

GCSE English Language – Transactional Writing (EDUQAS)

GCSE English Language Paper 2 has two sections. Section A is the 19th & 21st Century Reading paper, worth 40 marks. Section B is Transactional Writing; two writing tasks worth 20 marks each. You have 2 hours for the whole exam, so that gives you one hour on the writing section. Transactional Writing is writing…

GCSE English Literature – Jekyll & Hyde (EDEXCEL)

On Literature Paper 2, you get 2 hours and 15 minutes. You should spend 55 minutes on the Jekyll & Hyde section, 35 minutes on the Poetry Anthology question, and 45 minutes on the Unseen Poetry question. The question breakdown for the Literature paper is here: Question Breakdown – Lit. The full text can be found here:…

GCSE English Literature – Poetry Anthology (EDEXCEL)

On Literature Paper 2, you get 2 hours and 15 minutes. You should spend 55 minutes on the Jekyll & Hyde section, 35 minutes on the Poetry Anthology question, and 45 minutes on the Unseen Poetry question. A copy of the poetry anthology is here: Anthology Poems Booklet. Poetry Anthology Question: Worth 20 marks out of 80…

Peer Assessment – not just a ‘green pen’ task…

By Mrs O’Neill – @justONEteacher At Appleton, we strive to develop schemes of work that not only develop English skills, but also develop our pupils’ understanding of the world around them. Last year, we started a scheme of learning on the topic of homelessness. This scheme seemed to tick all the boxes! We challenged misconceptions…

Walking-Talking Mock Exams

Re-blogged from Many of you will know how these work and, whether you love them or hate them, they are an invaluable tool in the journey to exams for students across the spectrum. We used them last year in the run up to exam prep in English, and students reported an increased confidence level and,…

iGCSE Examiner’s Report Analysis

Mrs Webb’s analysis, re-blogged from funkypedagogy@wordpress.com In Summer 2015, a lot of schools suffered from what was a very sudden and unexpected shift in the way the Cambridge iGCSE English exam was marked. In September 2015 I wrote this analysis of the exam, using the examiner report from the June 2015 series plus what we…