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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 10. 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 at the end of Year 11.

‘Step up to English’ is a separate nationally recognised and certified award which some students will complete as an alternative to GCSE English Literature. This qualification is designed to develop the skills students will need in order to ‘step up’ to studying GCSE English Language at the end of Year 11. It is offered to a select group of students who we feel need additional support to achieve their potential in English. Students will be assessed for this award via 3 controlled assessments throughout the year. Each controlled assessment will cover a reading, a writing and a spoken language element.

 

 Autumn Term

 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: GCSE AQA Literature Paper 1 style analysis of an extract question from ‘A Christmas Carol’

 Writing to Argue and Describe - Students will practice the key techniques of the two writing disciplines required for the GCSE Language examinations alongside grammar and sentencing skills which will help them to revise and develop these keys skills needed at the end of Year 11.

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

 Spring Term

 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: GCSE AQA Literature Paper 1 style analysis of an extract question from ‘Romeo and Juliet’

 Summer Term

 Formal examination: Students will begin the term with their formal examination. This will be a GCSE AQA Literature Paper 1 style examination where students need to answer two questions: one on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and one on ‘A Christmas Carol’.

 Power and Conflict Poetry - Students will begin to study 8 of the 15 Power and Conflict poems from the AQA anthology that they will need to know in preparation for their GCSE AQA Literature Paper 2 examination. Students will develop their poetry analysis and comparison skills.

 Writing to Argue and Describe - Students will complete the academic year with more practice of the key techniques required for the two writing disciplines on the GCSE Language examinations alongside grammar and sentencing skills. This will provide further revision and development of these keys skills needed at the end of Year 11.

Assessment: Writing to Argue a viewpoint (Language Paper 2 Q5)

 

Year 10

What will pupils study this year?

This year the students will complete their study of the Literature GCSE texts that they will be studying for the Literature examinations. They will also further 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 culminating with their GCSE AQA Literature examinations in May/June.

After their GCSE Literature examination, students will finish the summer term exploring a range of non-fiction extracts as would be seen in the Language Paper 2 examinations. They will also complete their AQA Spoken Language Endorsement.

‘Step up to English’ is a separate nationally recognised and certified award which some students will complete as an alternative to GCSE English Literature. This qualification is designed to develop the skills students will need in order to ‘step up’ to studying GCSE English Language at the end of Year 11. It is offered to a select group of students who we feel need additional support to achieve their potential in English. Students will be assessed for this award via 3 controlled assessments throughout the year. Each controlled assessment will cover a reading, a writing and a spoken language element.

 

 Autumn Term

 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 on ‘An Inspector Calls’

 Power and Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry - Students will study the remaining 7 of the 15 Power and Conflict poems from the AQA anthology that they will need to know in preparation for their GCSE AQA Literature Paper 2 examination. Students will develop their poetry analysis and comparison skills. Students will also learn how to analyse a poem they’ve never seen before, to develop the skills required for Section C on their GCSE AQA Literature Paper 2 examination

Students Assessment: English Language Paper 2 Mock Examination

 Spring Term

 Power and Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry - Students will begin the term by completing their study of the AQA anthology Power and Conflict poems and unseen poetry skills. Formal examination: Students will sit a GCSE AQA Literature Paper 2 style examination where students need to answer four questions: one on ‘An Inspector Calls’, one on a comparison of two poems from the Power and Conflict anthology and two on unseen poetry.

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

 Romeo and Juliet Revision - Students will revisit this Literature text and will complete in-depth extract analysis and essay questions on various themes/characters within the text.

 Summer Term

 Practice Literature Papers and Literature Revision - Practice Literature Papers and Literature Revision - Students will practice the skills required to complete both of the literature examinations successfully.

 GCSE Literature Examinations – Students will sit GCSE AQA Literature Papers 1 and 2 in May/June.

 Spoken Language Study - Students will prepare and deliver a speech about a topic of their choice. Students will deliver their speech/talk in a professional manner to an audience and will also field questions on their chosen topic.

 AQA Spoken Language Endorsement – students will receive a pass, merit, distinction grading for this qualification.

 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.

 

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

This year the students will revise for the GCSE AQA English Language examinations that they will be sitting in the summer term.

 

 Autumn Term

 ‘Town and Country’ English Language Paper 2 - Students will read and study a selection of 19th Century and 20th Century literary non-fiction extracts all around the theme of ‘Town and Country’ and will be taught how to answer Q1-Q5 of Language Paper 2.

Formal examination: Language Paper 2 full mock exam

 ‘All in the Mind’ English Language Paper 1 - Students will read and study 20th Century literary fiction extracts all around the theme of ‘All in the Mind’ and will be taught how to answer Q1-Q5 of Language Paper 1.

 Spring Term

 Practice Language Papers 1 - Students will practice the skills required to complete the GCSE AQA Language Paper 1 examination successfully.

Formal examination: Language Paper 1 full mock exam

 Practice Language Papers 1 & 2 - Students will continue to practice the skills required to complete both of the language examinations successfully.

Assessment: The focus of this assessment will be determined using previous mock examination data

 Summer Term

 English Language Paper 1 & 2 Revision

 GCSE Language Examinations – Students will sit GCSE AQA Language Papers 1 and 2 in May/June.