Welcome to our English Department. We are a well-established and friendly department with seven teachers currently working together to offer education and experiences to the pupils of Ysgol Bro Pedr. As well as dynamic and creative lessons, we aim to provide pupils with a rounded experience of school life through a variety of extra-curricular activities. We run lunchtime and after school clubs that not only support but encourage learning and arrange trips that develop pupils’ interest outside of the school environment.

Our department, much like the school as a whole, is a successful and creative place for students to learn.  In 2015 we gained the top marks in Ceredigion for our GCSE English results!

Mutual respect is a key focus of the department and we encourage pupils to learn in a safe and confident environment.

The key aim of our department is to develop essential skills whilst encouraging enjoyment and participation for all pupils at all levels.

Further Information

  • Mrs Gwawr Ladd (Head of Department)
  • Mrs Lowri Tomlin
  • Mrs Carys Phillips
  • Mr Mark Rees
  • Mrs Catrin Jarman
  • Mrs Anna Williams

The pupils will have opportunities to:

  • Learn a variety of writing styles
  • Study and analyse novels, poetry, dramas and factual pieces
  • Develop their oral skills

Pupil Portfolio Checklist

Recommended Reading:

English – Language

Unit 1: Oracy (20%)

  • Task 1 (10%) – Individual Researched Presentation – based on WJEC set themes
  • Task 2 (10%) – Responding & Interacting – a group discussion to written and/or visual stimuli provided by WJEC

Unit 2: Examination (40%) – 2 hours (Reading & Writing)

  • Section A (20%) Reading
  1. Understanding of at least one description, one narration & one exposition text, including continuous & non-continuous texts, assessed through a range of structured questions.
  2. This section will also include an editing task focusing on understanding short texts at word, sentence & text level. (2.5%)
  • Section B (20%) Writing
  1. One writing task to be selected from a choice of two that could be either description, narration or exposition.
  2. This section will also include one proof–reading task focusing on writing accurately. (2.5%)

Unit 3: Examination (40%) – 2 hours (Reading & Writing)

  • Section A (20%) Reading
  1. Understanding of at least one argumentation one persuasion and one instructional text, including continuous & non-continuous texts, assessed through a range of structured questions.
  • Section B (20%) Writing
  1. One compulsory argumentation writing task and
  2. One compulsory persuasion writing task.

English – Literature

Unit 1: Examination (35%) 2 hours

  • Section A (12.5%) – Individual Texts in Context – ‘Of Mice & Men’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
  • Section B (14%) – Comparative Study – Contemporary unseen poetry comparison

Unit 2: Examination (40%) 2 hours

  • Either Unit 2a – Literary heritage drama & contemporary prose
  • Or Unit 2b – Contemporary drama & literary heritage prose

Unit 3: Coursework (25%) 

  • Section A (12.5%)Shakespeare – Any play except for ‘Othello’ or ‘Much Ado About Nothin’
  • Section B (12.5%) – Welsh Writing in English – Poetry from the Library of Wales anthology ‘Poetry 1900-2000: One Hundred Poets from Wales’ (A comparison of at least 2 poems from a list of 15)

KS4 Recommended reading list

AS (2 units)

AS Unit 1 – Exploring Language (20%) – Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (80 marks)

  • Section A: Analysing language
  • Section B: Contemporary English

One question in each section based on unseen material

AS Unit 2 – Language Issues and Original and Critical Writing (20%) – Written examination: 2 hours (80 marks)

  • One question in three parts: one essay on a language issue, and one original writing task plus commentary linked to the language issue selected

A Level (the above plus a further 3 units)

A2 Unit 3 – Language Over Time (20%) – Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)

  • One multi-part question and one essay question analysing language change over time

A2 Unit 4 – Spoken Texts and Creative Re-casting (20%) – Written examination: 2 hours (80 marks)

  • Section A: Analysing spoken language – One question based on unseen transcripts
  • Section B: Creative re-casting – One creative writing task using Section A as stimulus

A2 Unit 5 – Language and Identity (20%) – Non-examination assessment: 2500-3500 words (80 marks)

An Investigation based on one of the following:

  • language and self-representation
  • language and gender
  • language and culture
  • language diversity

Summary of Assessment:

This specification is divided into a total of 5 units, 2 AS units and 3 A2 units. Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification.

AS (2 units)

AS Unit 1 – Prose and Drama – closed-book (20%) – Written examination: 2 hours (120 marks)

Section A: Prose fiction pre-1900 – One question in two parts, based on the reading of one prose text from a prescribed list

  • Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics)
  • Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell: North and South (Penguin Classics)
  • Charles Dickens: David Copperfield (Penguin Classics)
  • Thomas Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge (Penguin Classics)

Section B: Drama – One question based on the reading of one play from a prescribed list

  • Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus (Longman)
  • Oscar Wilde Lady Windermere’s Fan (New Mermaids)
  • Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire (Penguin)
  • Caryl Churchill Top Girls (Methuen)
  • Joe Orton Loot (Methuen)

AS Unit 2 – Poetry Post-1900 – open-book, clean copy (20%) – Written examination: 2 hours (120 marks)

Section A: Critical analysis – One question requiring critical analysis of one poem from the prescribed list of poetry texts for this unit

  • Edward Thomas: Selected Poems (Faber) & (prescribed section: poems listed in Appendix B) & Alun Lewis: Collected Poems (Seren) (prescribed section: poems listed in Appendix B)
  • D H Lawrence: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics, edited by James Fenton) prescribed sections: Love Poems and Others, Amores, New Poems, Birds, Beasts and Flowers, Last Poems
  • Gillian Clarke: Making the Beds for the Dead (Carcanet)
  • Ted Hughes: Poems selected by Simon Armitage (Faber) (prescribed section: all poems up to and including page 68) & Sylvia Plath: Poems selected by Ted Hughes (Faber)
  • Philip Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings (Faber) & Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time (Picador)
  • Seamus Heaney: Field Work (Faber) & Owen Sheers: Skirrid Hill (Seren)

Section B: Poetry comparison – One question requiring comparison of two poetry texts from the prescribed list for this unit

A Level (the above plus a further 3 units)

A2 Unit 3 – Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry – open-book, clean copy (20%) – Written examination: 2 hours (120 marks)

Section A: Poetry Pre-1900 – One question in two parts, based on the reading of one poetry text from a prescribed list

  • Geoffrey Chaucer: The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale (Cambridge)
  • John Donne: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
  • John Milton: Paradise Lost Book IX (Oxford)
  • John Keats: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
  • Christina Rossetti: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)

Section B: Unseen Poetry – One question requiring comparative analysis of two unseen poem

A2 Unit 4 – Shakespeare – closed-book (20%) – Written examination: 2 hours (120 marks)

Section A: Shakespeare Extract – One question based on an extract from one Shakespeare play from the prescribed list

  • King Lear
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Hamlet
  • Henry IV Part 1
  • The Tempest

Section B: Shakespeare Essay – One essay question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play from the prescribed list for this unit

A2 Unit 5 – Prose Study (20%) – Non-examination assessment (120 marks)

  • One 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and one post-2000, nominated by the centre

11-14 years old:

KS3 Bitesize: English (advice about reading non-fiction and fiction, develop communication skills and write about Shakespeare)

BBC School Report – (this plan encourages pupils that are 11-14 years old to create news reports)

11-16 years old:

Class Clips – English (educational clips about poetry, writing and much more)

Student Life: Book Club (a chance to read comments and share your personal comments a range of books)

Student Life: Debate of the Week (a chance to debate the topic of the week – place your comments in the comments section)

11-19 years old:

Pinball (website to help you develop your creative skills)

13-19 years old:

Blast: Writing (A place to share your writing and receive feedback)

14-16 years old:

Consider the Lilies (revise interpreting skills and evaluate a novel using ‘Consider the Lilies’ by Iain Crichton Smith)

GCSE Bitesize: English Language (revise poetry and exam skills)

GCSE Bitesize: English Literature (revision)

Scottish Non-fiction ( judgemental evaluation of factual work)

Standard Grade Bitesize: English (revise English foundation)

The Cone-Gatherers (revise the novel ‘The Cone-Gatherers’ by Robin Jenkins)

The Times Spelling Bee (revise spelling)

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