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English (Key Stage 4)

 

Year 9

What will pupils study this year?

This year the students will be introduced to some of the key Literature texts that they will be studying for the Literature examinations which they will sit at the end of Year 11. The students will explore a range of Literature texts, focusing on how they have developed and changed through the ages. There will be a clear focus on students developing their in-depth analytical skills. Students will also gain the experience of studying and responding to a range of Literary and Non-Literary 19th century and modern extracts that they will have to respond to when they sit their Language examinations.

 

 Autumn Term

 Narrative Poetry - Students will begin to study some of the Power and Conflict poems from the AQA anthology alongside some modern poetry and song lyrics. Students will develop their inference and comparison skills.

Assessment: Poem analysis

 Of Mice and Men - Students will study this Literature text in-depth and begin to grasp and understand the key skills required to analyse and make inferences from the text and link it to context and how the writer uses techniques and methods in their writing to develop central characters.

Assessment: Writing to Describe (Language Paper 1 Q5) | Analysing structure in an extract (Language Paper 1 Q3)

 Spring Term

 Crime and Punishment - Students will read and study a selection of 19th Century and 20th Century literary non-fiction extracts based around this topic. They will learn how to make inferences and understand the writer’s craft and make comparisons between the extracts.

Assessment: Finding key information from a text and agreeing with a statement about an extract (Language Paper 1 Q4)

 A Christmas Carol - Students will read the Charles Dickens text in its entirety and will begin to appreciate the layers of meaning in the text and how character is conveyed. They will gain a deeper understanding of how writers use a central character to convey a moral message to the readers.

Assessment: Literature Paper 1 style analysis of an extract question   

 Summer Term

 Writing to Describe - Students will be taught the key techniques of this writing discipline alongside grammar and sentencing skills which will help them to secure/exceed their target.

Assessment: Writing to Describe using a picture stimulus (Language Paper 1 Q5)

 An Inspector Calls - Students will study this modern Literature play by J.B. Priestley in its entirety and will begin to appreciate how the writer conveys his ideas and views about responsibility through a number of central characters within this play.

Assessment: Literature Paper 2 style question about the key theme of responsibility.

 Spoken Language Study - Students will prepare and deliver a speech about a topic of their choice; they will be encouraged to take inspiration from what they have learnt during the first year of their KS4 course so far. Students will deliver their speech/talk in a professional manner to an audience and will also field questions on their chosen topic.

Assessment: Spoken Language Assessment – pass, merit, distinction grading

 

Year 10

What will pupils study this year?

This year the students will explore more of the key Literature texts that they will be studying for the Literature examinations which they will sit at the end of Year 11. They will also develop the skills required to create a more focused and in-depth analysis of the texts that they read in Year 9 via essays questions, assessments and mock examinations.

The students will explore a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts as would be seen in the Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 examinations.

 

 Autumn Term

 Power and Conflict Poetry - Students will begin to study 9 of the 15 Power and Conflict poems from the AQA anthology that they will need to know in preparation for their Literature Paper 2 examination. Students will develop their inference and comparison skills.

Assessment: Poem comparison

 A Christmas Carol - Students will revisit this Literature text and will begin to complete in-depth extract analysis and essay questions on various themes/characters within the text.

Assessment: Literature Paper 1 style assessment

 Spring Term

 English Language Paper 2 - Students will read and study a selection of 19th Century and 20th Century literary non-fiction extracts and will be taught how to answer Q1-Q5 of Language Paper 2.

Assessment: Language Paper 2 full mock exam

 An Inspector Calls - Students will revisit this Literature text and will begin to complete in-depth extract analysis and essay questions on various themes/characters within the text.

Assessment: Literature Paper 2 style assessment

 Summer Term

 English Language Paper 1 - Students will read and study 20th Century literary fiction extracts and will be taught how to answer Q1-Q5 of Language Paper 1.

Assessment: Language Paper 1 full mock exam

 Romeo and Juliet - Students will study this Literature text by William Shakespeare in its entirety and will begin to appreciate how the writer conveys his ideas, views and focus on key themes through the study of a number of central characters/key extracts within this play.

Assessment: Literature Paper 1 style analysis of an extract question

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

This year the students will revise for all English Literature and English Language examinations that they will be sitting in the summer term.

 

 Autumn Term

 Power and Conflict Poetry - Students will practice the skills required to complete this examination successfully. Students Assessment: English Language Paper 2 Mock Examination

Assessment: Poem comparison

 Unseen Poetry - Students will learn how to analyse a poem they’ve never seen before, to develop the skills they’ll need for Literature Paper 2 Section C.

Assessment: Literature Paper 2 Section C style assessment

 English Language Paper 1 Exam Prep. - Students will practice the skills required to complete this examination successfully.

Assessment: English Language Paper 1 Mock Examination

 Spring Term

 English Language Paper 2 - Students will practice the skills required to complete this examination successfully. Students

Assessment: English Language Paper 2 Mock Examination

 Literature Revision - Students to revise ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’ during this half term.

 Summer Term

 English Language Paper 1 & 2 Revision

 Literature Revision - Students to revise ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Power and Conflict and Unseen Poetry.