Curriculum Ethos

Our KS4 English curriculum builds upon the foundational work done at KS3 level and the core principles that underpin our knowledge-rich curriculum at KS3 are largely transferrable to KS4. 

Our curriculum is coherently mapped out across a two-year program of predetermined study. The focus is on mastery of three English Literature texts – one of which is pre-20th century, the second a modern play and the third a Shakespeare tragedy – and the thematically-shaped study of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts that facilitate an in-depth understanding of what, how and why writers write. Literature texts are studied in full and interleaved with the additional study of eighteen poems and a non-fiction text booklet that supports the core content.

Curriculum Plan




Autumn Term


Spring Term


Summer Term



Trial Exams




19th century text:

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol






Nonfiction study/

6 power & conflict poems:



A Wife in London

The Prelude

Living Space

To Autumn

Spring Term 1 (half term)


Writer’s Viewpoints and perspectives

(Language Paper 2)


Visions of London


Spring Term 2

(half term)


Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

(Language Paper 1)


Imagined Worlds

20th century text:

John Priestley, An Inspector Calls






Nonfiction study/

6 power & conflict poems:

Cozy Apologia

She Walks in Beauty

As Imperceptibly as Grief



Sonnet 43

Summer Trial


Language Paper 2: Section A


Literature Paper 2:






Autumn Term


Spring Term


Summer Term



Trial Exams




Shakespeare, Macbeth
















Nonfiction & fiction study/

6 power & conflict poems:

The Soldier

Dulce et Decorum Est


Death of a Naturalist


Mametz Wood


Spring Term 1 (half term)



Revise ACC/ Lang paper












Spring Term 2

(half term)


Unseen and Poetry













Summer Term (half term)


Revision of AIC/Lang p2












December Trial:


Literature Paper 1:  (Macbeth & ACC)



Paper 1 (Section A)








Our KS4 curriculum is tightly sequenced and assessed, building in regular opportunities for students to reflect on feedback and develop further. Learning in English is a continuous journey and whether work is class-based, low-stakes and self-assessed, or formative and marked individually by a teacher, our students engage in an ongoing dialogue with both their teacher and themselves, recognising that responding to feedback ongoingly, and thereby effectively, mitigates their success.

Our curriculum recognises the importance of metacognition and our lessons embed low-stakes retrieval and recall activities; regular opportunities for extended writing, which is often live modelled and guided; structured reading of texts; scaffolded discussion and questioning, and ongoing feedback and reflection to allow teachers to address misconceptions.


Students are also encouraged to read fiction and non-fiction, listen to podcasts and visit the theatre more widely outside of college to enrich their cultural and social awareness of the world around them and their place within it.


Each student should bring a black, blue, red and green pen to lessons as well as a ruler, pencil, and a rubber. CGP revision guides will go on sale in Year 11 and will available to purchase on Beehive at a reduced cost. Pupil Premium students can use their funding to purchase revision guides.


Students are also encouraged to visit the Eduqas website to familiarise themselves with the examination specification for both English Literature and English Language.