English KS4

English KS4

Year 10:

Sep to Oct: 

  • Literature – A Christmas Carol 
  • Language – Paper 2 reading and nonfiction writing. 


Nov to Dec: 

  • Literature – A Christmas Carol + Anthology Poetry
  • Language – Paper 2 reading and nonfiction writing. 


Jan to Feb: 

  • Literature – Blood Brothers
  • Language – nonfiction writing – letter writing. 


Feb to Mar:

  • Literature – Blood Brothers + Unseen poetry
  • Language – Fiction creative writing – narrative writing. 


Apr to May: 

  • Literature – Macbeth
  • Language – Fiction creative writing – descriptive writing. 


Jun – Jul: 

  • Literature – Macbeth
  • Language – Reading paper 1 – analysing fiction extracts + spoken language.

 

Year 11: 

Sep to Oct:

  • Literature – Paper one Literature – A Christmas Carol and Macbeth. 
  • Language – Paper one – analysing fiction extracts + descriptive and narrative writing. 


Nov to Dec:

  • Literature – Paper one Literature – A Christmas Carol and Macbeth + Anthology poetry.
  • Language – Paper two – analysing nonfiction texts and nonfiction writing for an audience (speeches). 


Jan to Feb:

  • Literature – Blood Brothers + Unseen poetry
  • Language – Paper two – analysing nonfiction texts and nonfiction writing for an audience. 


Feb to Mar: 

  • Language – Descriptive and narrative writing + essay and leaflet writing. 
  • Literature – Poetry Anthology. 


Apr to May: 

  • Revision for all components of GCSE English Literature. 
  • Revision for all components of GCSE English Language.


Jun – Jul: 

  • Revision for both GCSEs until the examinations.

 

GCSE English Language and English Literature

Every student will complete the syllabus for GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature. These are two separate GCSE qualifications, but they will both be studied simultaneously in English lessons throughout Years 10 and 11. The skills and knowledge developed whilst studying English Literature both enhance, complement and overlap the skills required to succeed in English Language. 

Exam Specification : AQA : English Language

Exam Specification : AQA : English Literature

The final assessment for the GCSE qualification of English Language will be comprised of 100% examination performance. Students will sit two examinations at the end of Year 11. The Paper 1 examination will assess abilities in Reading Fiction texts and Creative Writing. The Paper 2 examination will assess abilities in Reading 19th and 21stCentury Non-Fiction texts and Transactional and Persuasive Writing. 

The final assessment for the GCSE qualification of English Literature will also be comprised of 100% examination performance. Students will sit two examinations at the end of year 11.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel. 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 answer 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.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry.  Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or 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 cluster. Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem. 

Achievement in English at all levels is advantageous and often essential for a wide variety of academic, business and vocational courses and careers. Universities, Higher Education colleges and Apprenticeship schemes often specify a minimum standard. LP Hartley wrote that ‘good writers touch life often’. By exploring a wide variety of texts, you will be better equipped to make decisions about how you want to live your life. For those with a deeper interest in the subject careers are available in journalism, performing arts, teaching, publishing, law and being an author.

Any parents or students who would like more information about the above courses should contact Mr Mitson.