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Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

Specifications

At GCSE, we follow the AQA specifications for both Language and Literature. All students do both subjects.

Students continue to develop skills they have learned at Key Stage 3. Reading is central to both subjects. A variety of texts and extracts are covered. These include fiction and non-fiction from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first centuries. Reading, writing and speaking and listening tasks are included throughout, as are the genres of poetry, novels and plays.

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English Language Overview

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English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th - Century Novel  Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry 

What's assessed

  • Shakespeare
  • The 19th- Century novel

What's assessed 

  • Modern texts
  • Poetry
  • Unseen poetry

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole. 

Section B The 19th Century novel: students will aswer one question on their novel of choice.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole. 

Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose of drama text. 

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluther. 

Section C Unseen poetry: students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem. 

Set Text Choices for Literature

  • Shakespeare: Macbeth
  • 19th century novel: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Modern text: An Inspector Calls
  • Poetry: Power and Conflict (from the AQA anthology)

Students are provided with the set texts. However, should they wish to annotate a text, they will need to purchase their own additional copy.

Extra Support

During the course, staff will run additional revision and/or support sessions at lunchtimes and/or after school. Students will be provided with details of the appropriate revision guides they may wish to purchase in order to support them with their exam revision. Where possible and depending on availability, students will be taken to see live performances of any play they are studying.

Our Two Year Plan:

Year 10 Exam Component and Text Course Content and Learning Outcomes

Autumn 1

Introduction to Course

 

 

English Literature Paper 1: Macbeth

Half Term assessment

 

 

Students are given a short introduction to the course content and requirement.

 

English Literature Paper 1: Macbeth

Students develop an overview of the 2 GCSEs

They secure knowledge of relevant Shakespearean contextual information and the plot, characters, themes and genre of Macbeth. Students develop their analytical skills and their essay writing skills. Including under timed conditions. 

Autumn 2

Finish Macbeth

English Language Paper 1: Creative Reading and Writing

 

Half Termly assessment

English Language Paper 1: Reading

Students develop a secure understanding of the different requirements for each question type in Section A: specifically,  information retrieval, language and structural analysis and skills of critical evaluation. Students will be learning to read fictional texts, consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers.

Spring 1

English Language Paper 1

Half Termly Assessment

English Language Paper 1 Writing

Students develop skills of crafting their own creative writing, both descriptive and narrative in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image. They will practise writing under timed conditions. They must ensure that they spell and punctuate effectively.

Spring 2

English Literature Paper 1

 

Jekyll and Hyde

Half Termly assessment

English Literature Paper 1: Jekyll and Hyde

Students will secure knowledge of relevant Victorian contextual information and the plot, characters, themes and genre of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  Students develop their analytical skills and their essay writing skills. Including under timed conditions.

Summer 1

Finish Jekyll and Hyde

English Literature Paper 2: An Inspector Calls

 

Half Termly assessment

English Literature Paper 2: An Inspector Calls

       Students will prepare to answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied       modern drama text.

Students will secure knowledge of relevant Edwardian contextual information and the plot, characters, themes and genre of ‘An Inspector Calls’. Students develop their analytical skills and their essay writing skills, including under timed conditions.

Summer 2

Finish ‘An Inspector Calls’

Summer Mocks: English

English Literature Paper 2: Start Power and Conflict Poetry

NEA Speaking and Listening Task

Language Paper 1 and English Literature Paper 1

Power and Conflict Poetry

Students will start to explore the nuances of the theme of power and conflict and will recap the features of poetry. They will study one cluster of poems taken from the AQA poetry anthology, ‘Poems Past and Present’ and will learn to compare two poems in one essay.

Speaking and Listening Task

Students will develop skills of planning and delivering an effective presentation to the group using structural, linguistic, and non -verbal features. Students can choose their own topic with  guidance from the class teacher.

The NEA is marked by teacher and is a separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

Year 11 Exam Component and Text Course content and learning outcomes

Autumn 1

English Literature Paper 2: Power and Conflict Poetry

Half Termly Assessment

Revision of Literature Paper 1 texts

Macbeth and Jekyll and Hyde

Start Unseen Poetry

In preparing for the unseen poetry section of the examination, students will experience a range of poetry. They should be able to analyse and compare key features.

Autumn 2 

English Language Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives    Section A (Reading) and B (Writing)

 

 

 

 

Section B: Writing, will be developed further and re-visited in the Spring term.

Half termly assessment

Revision of Literature Paper 2 texts

An Inspector Calls, Power and Conflict poetry.

Unseen Poetry (information as in autumn 1 when unseen poetry was introduced).

Students will need to adjust to reading and analysing one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text which is a task of greater complexity than Paper 1. Students will develop familiarity with different genres eg high quality journalism, articles, letters and diaries.

In Section B, students will produce a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form in which they give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced to them in section A

Spring 1

Assessment Week/Mocks: English Literature Paper 2 and English Language Paper 2

English Language Paper 2 Section B

Further development of work started in Autumn 2.

Students will complete ‘mock’ examinations.

After the ‘mocks’ students will revisit English Language Paper 2, section B: writing.

Spring 2

Revision: Paper 1 Literature

Revision: Paper 1 Language

Students will develop skills of retrieval to help develop knowledge and will practise and further develop essay writing skills in order to prepare for the final examinations.
Summer 1

Revision: Paper 2 Literature

Revision: Paper 2 Language
As above complete final revision and examination practice.

Additional Support

Students will receive targeted support through the intervention programme. The English Faculty runs revision sessions before ‘mock exams’ and in the second term of Year 11. The sessions take place both at lunchtimes and after school.

Information on revision guides and websites is available in the KS4 Handbook.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Book Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Newsletter production
  • Theatre productions, including online streaming

Visiting authors and lecturers when relevant / possible