Y11 Portal – English

We will begin to focus on the retrieval and revision of key topics from the GCSE English Language and Literature specifications which were taught last year, as well as the topics covered during Y11. This includes literature topics such as:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Unseen Poetry and Anthology Poetry

In addition to this, we will also be revisiting the reading and writing components linked to the English Language GCSE.

Retrieval and Revision

  • W/c 27th February Language – Story (Paper 1 section B)
  • W/c 6th March Language – Paper 1 reading (Paper1 section A)
  • W/c 13th March Language – Transactional writing (Paper 2 section B)
  • W/c 20th March Language – Paper 2 reading (Paper 2 section A)
  • W/c 27th March (Literature) – Unseen poetry (Paper 2, section C)
  • W/c 17th April – WIB (Paper 2 section A)
  • W/c 24th April – ACC (Paper 2 section B)
  • W/c 1st May – Anthology poetry (Paper 1 section B)
  • W/c 8th May – Macbeth (Paper 1 section A)
  • W/c 15rd May Lit exam, lang. prep – After exams link to language reading
  • W/c 22nd May Lit exam, lang. prep – After exams link to language writing


  • Wed 17th May 2023 – English Literature Component 1
  • Wed 24th May 2023 – English Literature Component 2
  • Monday 5th June 2023 – English Language Component 1
  • Monday 12th June 2023 – English Language Component 2

It is clear from the Countdown Timetable that we have a lot of work ahead of us as we need to revisit all nine components for both GCSE qualifications before the examinations take place. This therefore leaves us with, on average, a week to revisit each component.

For the classroom-based revision to have the most impact we would like our learners to undertake short but regular revision in their own time at home.

Revision tasks will include:

  • Re-reading literature texts (audiobook/pdf versions will be available via Google Classroom).
  • Basic comprehension tasks linking to literature texts (printed booklets will be provided for each learner).

This independent preparation will allow class teachers to focus on supporting learners to develop a deeper, analytical understanding of the literature texts in preparation for the essay style questions that will appear in their examinations.

Learners who purchased the A Christmas Carol novel last year will be able to take this home to support with their exam preparation.