English

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

Year

 

 

Autumn Term


 

Spring Term


 

Summer Term

 

 

Trial Exams

 

 

10

19th century text:

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction study/

6 power & conflict poems:

London

Ozymandias

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

Valentine

Afternoons

Sonnet 43

Summer Trial

 

Language Paper 2: Section A

 

Literature Paper 2:

(AIC)

 

 

 

Year

Autumn Term


 

Spring Term


 

Summer Term

 

 

Trial Exams

 

 

11

Shakespeare, Macbeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction & fiction study/

6 power & conflict poems:

The Soldier

Dulce et Decorum Est

Hawk

Death of a Naturalist

Manhunt

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXAMS

December Trial:

 

Literature Paper 1:  (Macbeth & ACC)

 

Language:

Paper 1 (Section A)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRICULUM ASSESSMENT

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.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

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.

                                                                             
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT

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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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