English KS4 Curriculum

Year 9

This year you will study three themes: Cultural Cry, The World's Wife, and Rebellious Minds.  Within each theme, you will have the chance to read lots of different types of texts, also mimicking and adapting their style in your own writing. You will begin study the context of texts in depth, discussing world issues and applying them to the texts that you read and characters' experiences. You will deepen your awareness of culture connections and references, which underpin great literary texts, for example through the study of Greek Mythology alongside contemporary poetry. These issues will also be debated and discussed in depth as a class, with philosophical questions being examined. You will make thematic links between texts, as well as finding patterns of language across them.

In Year 9, you will study...

Scheme of Learning Skills Texts Assessment Enrichment Opportunities
Autumn Term  

Finding My Voice

Writing to persuade and argue

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Great speeches across time.

George Orwell, 1984

Room 101 (TV Programme)

Writing to persuade. Print and annotate the article
Cultural Cry Inference and deduction

Exploring language and structure

Considering a writer’s intentions

Exploring context

Comparison

Modern text: Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English

Ian Fleming, Bond opening chapters, alongside film adaptations of these openings

Chris Cleave, Opening of The Other Hand

Pre 1914 text: See non-fiction lit

Poetry: Selection of poetry from different cultures

Non-fiction: Range of texts about empire and colonisation

Non-fiction lit: A range of 20th and 21st century articles on gun and knife crime including articles on Stephen Lawrence and Damilola Taylor

Reading assessment – Language Paper One style assessment analysing language, structure and critical review. Roll of Thunder

Language Assessment Revision Sheet

Spring Term Myths & Legends Exploring language and structure

Considering a writer’s intentions

Exploring context

Comparison

Writing to present a viewpoint

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Modern text: Sylvia Plath, Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit

Pre 1914 text: Greek Myths, Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Poetry: Selected poems from Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife

Non-fiction: Selection of articles exploring the presentation of women through time.

Non-fiction lit: Selection of articles exploring The Kray Twins and the Suffragette movement

 

Reading assessment – comparison of two short stories.

 

Writing assessment – narrative writing.

 

Cultural Figures
Summer Term Rebellious Minds Inference and deduction

Exploring language and structure

Considering a writer’s intentions

Exploring context

Writing to describe and narrate

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Modern text: Carol Ann Duffy, The Devil's Wife

Pre 1914 text: Shakespeare, Macbeth

Poetry: Emily Bronte, Spellbound, Robert Browning, Porphyria’s Lover

Non-fiction: Dennis Neilson extract from Killing for Company, selected articles about the assassination of JFK

Non-fiction lit: Jack the Ripper

 

Reading assessment – literature assessment ‘Macbeth’.

 

Writing assessment – transactional writing.

Rebellious Characters
End of year exam Selecting and understanding information

Exploring language and structure

Giving a critical opinion

Writing to describe and narrate

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Year 10

This year you will follow the AQA English Language GCSE and the AQA English Literature GCSE.

  • In the autumn term you will study the modern text Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
  • From December, into the spring term, you will study the 19th century text A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  • You will study a selection of pre-1914 and contemporary poetry from the Power and Conflict cluster in the AQA Anthology.
  • You will develop your comprehension, language analysis, structural analysis, critical analysis and comprehension skills, preparing you for the two English Language exam papers.
  • You will develop your writing skills and write to describe, entertain, persuade, argue and explain for different audiences.
  • You will also discuss and debate your ideas around some of these topics and will  work towards giving a formal presentation, which will be assessed for your Spoken Language grade.
  • In the summer term, you will prepare for the Language Paper One mock and Literature mock.

Click here to see the plan for Year 10

What new skills will I be learning?

  • Identifying a range of language features
  • Analysing language and structure
  • Critically analysing a text
  • Summarising information
  • Comparing language and themes
  • Making inferences when analysing characters and themes
  • Linking texts to their context
  • Descriptive writing, narrative writing and writing to present a viewpoint
  • Developing a wide and sophisticated vocabulary
  • Being secure in your use of sentence structures, accurate punctuation and spelling

Lord of the Flies

You will study this modern classic by William Golding, working towards assessment questions on character and themes and a piece of persuasive writing.

A Christmas Carol

You will study this classic novel by Charles Dickens, working towards assessment questions based in extracts from the novel and the wider themes and a piece of descriptive writing.

English Language Paper One

Across the year you will develop you skills in comprehension, analysing language, analysing structure, critical analysis and descriptive and narrative writing, in preparation for English Language Paper One.

English Language Paper Two

Across the year you will develop you skills in comprehension, summarising information, analysis language, comparison and writing to present a viewpoint, in preparation for English Language Paper Two.

You will be set regular independent learning tasks on ‘Show My Homework’, which you will be required to complete weekly. You will be set 60 minutes of independent learning per week, which may take the form of individual tasks or a longer piece of work to be completed over a number of weeks, and will be directly linked to your learning in class.

Year 11

This year you will continue to follow the AQA English Language GCSE and the AQA English Literature GCSE.

  • You will study Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the autumn term and the Power and Conflict cluster of poetry from the AQA Past and Present poetry anthology throughout the autumn and spring terms.
  • You will continue to develop your comprehension, language analysis, structural analysis, critical analysis and comprehension skills, preparing you for the two English Language exam papers.
  • You will develop your writing skills and write to describe, entertain, persuade, argue and explain for different audiences.
  • You will also discuss and debate your ideas around some of these topics and give a formal presentation, which will be assessed for your Spoken Language grade.
  • You will revise and further deepen your understanding and analysis of the two novels Lord of the Flies and A Christmas Carol.
  • You will take mock GCSE papers in November and February in preparation for your exams in the summer.

Click here to see the plan for Year 11

What new skills will I be learning?

  • Identifying a range of language features
  • Analysing language and structure
  • Critically analysing a text
  • Summarising information
  • Comparing language and themes
  • Making inferences when analysing characters and themes
  • Linking texts to their context
  • Descriptive writing, narrative writing and writing to present a viewpoint
  • Developing a wide and sophisticated vocabulary
  • Being secure in your use of sentence structures, accurate punctuation and spelling

Macbeth

You will study Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Macbeth, considering the characters, themes, context, language and structure, working towards assessment questions based on extracts from the play and the wider themes.

Useful links:

Poetry

You will study the Power and Conflict cluster of poetry from the AQA anthology.

English Language Paper One

Across the year you will continue to develop you skills in comprehension, analysing language, analysing structure, critical analysis and descriptive and narrative writing, in preparation for English Language Paper One.

English Language Paper Two

Across the year you will continue to develop you skills in comprehension, summarising information, analysis language, comparison and writing to present a viewpoint, in preparation for English Language Paper Two.

Literature Paper One – Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

  • Macbeth
  • A Christmas Carol

Literature Paper Two – Modern Texts and Poetry

  • Lord of the Flies
  • Poetry

You will be set regular independent learning tasks on ‘Show My Homework’, which you will be required to complete weekly.

You will be set 60 minutes of independent learning per week, which may take the form of individual tasks or a longer piece of work to be completed over a number of weeks, and will be directly linked to your learning in class.