English – Key Stage 4

Subject: English Head of Department: Mark Wedge
Exam board: AQA

Syllabus code and title: English Literature – 8702

English Language – 8700

Content:

 

Year 9:

Term 1 –  Of Mice and Men –  The text is used to show pupils how context is important for pupils when examining a novel.  Steinbeck’s vivid depiction of both people and place will also be used to analyse language in a way that will benefit student’s language skills.

Term 2 – Race and Rhetoric – Students will study a range of texts from fiction and non-fiction sources around them of race and study, on the word level, how rhetoric is used. This unit will involve analysis and replication of rhetorical devices. This will inform both their English Language and English Literature GCSE..

Term 3 – Modern texts with a focus on paper 1 reading skills –  Students will be exposed to a variety of modern texts in a variety of genres with the aim of allowing them to see the variety of literature that is available to them.

Pupil will be able to 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.

Term 4 – Power and Conflict –   Pupils will study poems from the Power and Conflict collection of poetry.  They will learn how to; read, understand and respond to texts. They will also learn the about the periods of history the poems were written during which will allow them to show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Term 5 – Unseen poetry – Students will start with this module to get the used to recognising linguistic techniques and their effect upon the audience.  They will get the opportunity to discuss and develop opinions on an author’s ideas, something that will be vital for their success in both papers.

Term 6 – Portfolio Building – Students will study a variety of different texts types to see how famed writers achieve different effects.  They will then try and replicate these in their own pieces. Pupils will be expected to; communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.

Year 10

Term 1: Power and Conflict –   Pupils will study poems from the Power and Conflict collection of poetry.  They will learn how to; read, understand and respond to texts. They will also learn the about the periods of history the poems were written during which will allow them to show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Terms 2 -3:  The Modern Novel / Drama – Text to be studied shall be decided by the class teacher.   Pupils should be able to; read, understand and respond to texts while maintaining  a critical style to develop an informed personal response.  Pupils also need to be able to analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

Term 4  Focus on the Language paper – Students will be exposed to a variety of modern texts in a variety of genres with the aim of allowing them to see the variety of literature that is available to them.  In addition to skills used in year 9 pupils will also learn how to write c

Terms 5-6: Shakespeare –  Students will study Romeo and Juliet and the time period that it was written in.

Students will hone their analysis skills concentrating on Shakespeare’s use of language and structure. 

 

Year 11
Autumn Term (term 1 and 2)  The 19th Century text. Great Expectations.  
Pupils will study the Dickens classic in preparation for a closed book exam.  Pupils will need to remember key quotations to do with key themes and characters.  We will also study the history of the time period and discover what inspired Dickens to write his novel.

The rest of the year will be spent revising texts and perfecting their exam technique.

How we assess students:

Regular formative assessment takes place in line with the school assessment policy.

Summative assessments take place every term using example questions as provided by exam board and of teachers’ own creation.

Both exams will be covered during the KS4 mock exam week.

How homework is set:

All homework tasks are uploaded to Google Classroom.  In addition to regular homework pupils will be expected to re-read previously taught literature texts.  

How parents/carers can support their child:

Encouraging reading for pleasure outside of school.

Reading of set texts as advised from the classroom teacher.

Ensure homework is completed by the deadline and to the best of ability.

Ensure students are well equipped for their lessons.

Support students in revision activities for example, using mind-mapping strategies to revise set texts.

Students should also be encouraged to read a range of non-fiction texts including broadsheet newspapers, travel writing and other literary non-fiction.

Reading list

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