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English (Key Stage 4)

Exam Board: AQA

Please Note: We are currently in the process of reviewing our curriculum. Further details will be published on our website in due course.

Please note: Students in sets 3 and below are entered for English Literature at the end of Year 10. Sets 1 and 2 are entered for the qualification at the end of Year 11.

Year 10

What will pupils study this year?

This year the students will continuee 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.

Students will also begin to study a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts as would be seen in the Language Paper 1 and 2 examinations.  They will also complete their AQA Spoken Language Endorsement in the Summer term

 

 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.

 Power and Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry - Students will study the remaining 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.

 Descriptive and Narrative Writing - Students will complete their study in the Autumn term with some practice of writing skills required for AQA Language Paper 1 Question 5.

 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. 

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

 Summer Term

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

 An Inspector Calls – Students will revisit the Literature text and recall their knowledge of the themes, characters and context applying this to GCSE Literature style questions.

 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.

 ‘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.

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

 Summer Term

 English Language Paper 1 & 2 Revision

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