Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 11 English
Term 1Edexcel Literature Paper 2 - A Christmas Carol   
Students will study Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol', in preparation for their Paper 2 English Literature exam. The text will be explored and annotated in detail, with analysis of language and structure techniques. Students will notice similarities between the ways 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Macbeth' are studied and assessed. They will be required to complete a 20 mark extract response and a 20 mark essay response covering the whole text. The extract response will focus on the presentation of a character, theme or setting in a short extract from the text. The essay response requires students to consider how this character, theme or setting is presented in the rest of the novel, using precise references to support their ideas. They will consider structure as part of their response. Students will build on their GCSE skills in annotation, analysis, essay writing and reading skills.
Assessment: Extract and essay response in Term 1 and 2. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1 and 2 Edexcel Language Paper 2 and Mock Preparation  
Students will build on the work that they developed in year 10 on Language skills. They will also be directly building on targets from their June mock exams. Students will be exposed to a range of pre-twentieth century fiction texts and non-fiction texts. Class teachers will discuss the intricacies of the extracts with their classes and model annotation of extracts for each question type. Students will analyse the precise effects of language and structural techniques used by the writer to engage the reader and create mood. There will also be explicit teaching of evaluation skills: how to annotate and extract ideas that can be evaluated and how to structure and write an effective evaluation. Comparison of non-fiction texts will be developed in this unit. Creative and Transactional writing skills, including the use of a range of original descriptive and persuasive techniques and the possible structures of writing will be revised. Students will focus on improving SPaG.
Assessment: L ad S question - 15 marks Transactional Writing - 40 marks Comparison 7a and 7b - 20 marks November Mocks - Paper 1 - 1 hour 45 minutes Paper 2 - 2 hours Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Edexcel Language Spoken Language    
All students must complete the compulsory spoken language endorsement of their Language GCSE exam. Students prepare a talk which will last for 4 minutes on a topic of their choice. They will present this in small groups and respond to questions from the teacher based on their presentation.
Assessment: Spoken Language Criteria - pass, merit or distinction categories. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 and 4 Edexcel Language Paper 1 and 2  
Students will build on the work that they developed in year 10 on Language skills. They will also be directly building on targets from their June mock exams. Students will be exposed to a range of pre-twentieth century fiction texts and non-fiction texts. Class teachers will discuss the intricacies of the extracts with their classes and model annotation of extracts for each question type. Students will analyse the precise effects of language and structural techniques used by the writer to engage the reader and create mood. There will also be explicit teaching of evaluation skills: how to annotate and extract ideas that can be evaluated and how to structure and write an effective evaluation. Comparison of non-fiction texts will be developed in this unit. Creative and Transactional writing skills, including the use of a range of original descriptive and persuasive techniques and the possible structures of writing will be revised. Students will focus on improving SPaG.
Assessment: Evaluation Practise - 15 marks Creative Writing - 40 marks Mock in March - Paper 1 - I hour 45 minutes Paper 2 - 2 hours Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 and 4 Edexcel Literature Paper 1 and Paper 2 revision - Macbeth and Journey's End and Time & Place poetry 
Students will revisit the plays, Macbeth and Journey's End, in preparation for Literature Paper 1. Students will consolidate knowledge of plot, character, themes and context, and teaching will develop the skills of extract annotation and analysis (Macbeth) and whole text essays (for both Macbeth and Journey's End). Analysing language, form and structure for the Macbeth extract response will be a key focus for part A, with students working on how to track ideas and themes through the whole play, in preparation for the part b response. Journey's End teaching will focus on key characters, themes and context, as well as addressing the accuracy of students' spelling, punctuation and grammar, as 8 of the available marks for this essay are awarded for accuracy of written communication. Cloze textual analysis strategies and essay planning sessions will form much of this unit, as students prepare students to plan and write extended responses to both plays. Revision of Time & Place poetry and timed responses will also form part of this term's teaching and learning. Additionally, unseen poetry practice comparison essays will allow students to prepare for part of the exam.
Assessment: Macbeth part a and part b responses. Journey's End whole text essay. Poetry comparison responses.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 and 6 Revision for GCSE Exams    
During these terms class teachers will carefully tailor their lessons to their classes needs. Students will have an equal split of Literature and Language lessons. Literature lessons will be split between all five components ( Macbeth, Journey's End, Great Expectations, Time and Place Poetry and Unseen Poetry). Language lessons will be strictly timed and will focus on exam style. Literature lessons will be focused on essay style and timed responses rather than content. Teachers will set focused revision for all students to complete independently at home. All resources will be provided.
Assessment: GCSE Exams starting 14th May Key Words and Terms
 

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