English Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA courses leading to two GCSE qualifications.

For their English Language GCSE students will sit two exams at the end of Year 11. In English Language Paper 1 students learn how to analyse and evaluate the language and structure used in ONE contemporary fiction text, and write creatively. In Paper 2 students learn how to compare two different non-fiction texts, one contemporary and one 19th Century text. Students will find information, summarise, analyse language and compare viewpoints in the texts, and write their own non-fiction piece.

For their English Literature GCSE students will study: William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and a poetry anthology exploring themes of power and conflict.

Year 10 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Explorations in Reading + Creative WritingStudy selections from a range of prose fiction
Develop skills to analyse and evaluate fiction extracts
Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader
Use SPAG accurately
Term 1A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the novel.
Identify and analyse methods used by Dickens to present the above to the reader in extracts and in the novel as a whole.
Term 2An Inspector Calls by J B PriestleyStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the novel.
Identify and analyse methods used by Priestley to present the above to the reader in the play as a whole.
Term 2Romeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the novel.
Identify and analyse methods used by Shakespeare to present the above to the reader in extracts and in the play as a whole.
Term 3Romeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the novel.
Identify and analyse methods used by Shakespeare to present the above to the reader in extracts and in the play as a whole.
Term 3Writers' Viewpoints and PerspectivesStudy selections from a range of non-fiction texts contemporary and 19th century texts
Develop skills to analyse and compare extracts
Develop transactional writing skills to engage the reader
Use SPAG accurately
Year 11 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Poetry Anthology and Unseen poetry Study the anthology poems – identify and analyse features of language, structure and form in the poetry and develop comparisons.
Analyse unseen poetry and make comparisons.
Term 2Lit revision: Shakespeare, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector CallsRevise the plot, characters, settings, themes and context of all texts. Practise skills of analysis of extracts and the text as a whole.
Term 3Explorations in Reading + Creative WritingStudy selections from a range of prose fiction
Develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th century fiction extracts
Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader
Use SPAG accurately
Term 3Writers' Viewpoints and PerspectivesStudy selections from a range of non-fiction texts contemporary and 19th century texts
Develop skills to analyse and compare extracts
Develop transactional writing skills to engage the reader
Use SPAG accurately