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Curriculum

KS4

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

Students start preparing for GCSE examinations in Year 9 and follow the AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature courses, which include a range of reading and writing opportunities, as below. From 2017 onwards, assessment will be by examination only. There is an increased expectation on reading more independently and widely, and writing with greater development and accuracy.

Year 9

Topic

Skills

Autumn 1
 

'Of Mice And Men' By John Steinbeck.

  • Introduction to GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1.
  • Literacy skills.
  • Wider reading.
  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Autumn 2
 

Exploration in Writing for GCSE Eng Lang Papers 1 and 2.

  • Range of fiction from 19th & 20th century.
  • Literacy skills.
  • Wider reading.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.
  • Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
  • Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole).

Spring 1
 

Introduction to Shakespeare

  • Developing skills for Eng Lit Paper 1
  • Covering Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and others.
  • Literacy skills.
  • Wider reading.
  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Spring 2

‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley and other extracts from 19th century fiction

  • Developing skills for Eng Language Paper 1
  • Literacy skills.
  • Wider reading.

 

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Summer 1

Exploration in Reading  and Writing - GCSE Eng Lang Paper 1.

  • Range of fiction from 19th & 20th century.
  • Literacy skills.
  • Range of reading from 19th & 20th century.
  • Literacy skills.
  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views. Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Summer 2

Unseen Poetry

  • Spoken Language.
  • Wider reading.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.
  • Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • Compare writers' ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.

Year 10

Topics

Skills

Autumn 1

'An Inspector Calls' By JB Priestley.
Development of Eng Lang Paper 2.
Reading and writing skills.

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Autumn 2

'A Christmas Carol' By Charles Dickens
Development of Eng Lit Paper 1
Reading and writing skills.

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Spring 1

'A Christmas Carol' By Charles Dickens

  • Development of Eng Lit Paper 1
  • Reading and writing skills.
  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Spring 2

GCSE English Language Paper 1

  • Development of Eng Lang Paper 1.
  • Reading and writing skills.
  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.

Summer 1

AQA poetry anthology - Love & Relationships.

  • Development of Eng Lit exam skills.
  • Reading and writing skills.
  • Read,understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Summer 2

Unseen poetry.

  • Development of Eng Lit exam skills.
  • Reading and writing skills.
  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Year 11

 Topic

Skills

Autumn 1

Revision of Shakespeare.

2017-18: Romeo & Juliet

GCSE English Language Paper 2
 

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.

Autumn 2

Revision of A Christmas Carol

GCSE English Language Paper 2

Preparation for mocks in Nov / Dec.

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Spring 1

GCSE English Language Paper 1

Revision of:

  • An Inspector Calls
  • Power and Conflict Poetry
  • Unseen Poetry.
  • Revision for 2nd mock exams.
  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.

Spring 2

Revision for all exams.

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.

Summer 1

Revision for final exams.

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.

Summer 2

Exams