Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 English
Term 1 and 2Edexcel Literature Paper 1 - Macbeth   
Pupils will study the play Macbeth in preparation for their Paper 1 Literature Exam. All students should purchase the CGP Macbeth book (available from the school) to annotate during lesson. Throughout the scheme students will develop their ability to analyse short extracts of the play for Language, Structure and Form as well as collate ideas about character and theme across the play. Quotes need to be learned by rote and discussions and essays will focus on the writer's craft and contextual factors. There will be opportunities for pupils to practise planning and essay style. Teachers will model both of these skills. Teachers will show the RSC Globe Production of Macbeth to compliment the teaching of the text.
Assessment: Term 1 - Macbeth extract question. 30 minutes to analyse the Language, Structure and Form of a set extract from the play. Term 2 - Macbeth whole text question. 30 minutes to explore the presentation of a key character and theme across the novel. Students must refer to contextual factors in this assessment. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1 and 2 Analysing Writer's Craft   
Students will build on the work that they developed in KS3 on Language skills. Students will be exposed to a range of pre-twentieth century fiction texts and also non-fiction contemporary 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. Creative writing skills, including the use of a range of original descriptive techniques and the possible structures of writing will be revised. Students will focus on the SPaG of their own work through re-editing their work and peer assessing others.
Assessment: Term 1- Language and Structure task. Term 2 - Creative Writing Task from an option of two. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 and 4Edexcel Literature Paper 1 - Journey   
Pupils will study the play Journey's End in preparation for Section B in the Paper 1 Literature Exam. All students should purchase the play text (available from the school) to annotate during lesson. Throughout the scheme students will develop their ability to empathise with key characters and explore writer's purpose. A large part of the study of this text is focused on contextual factors that link to the writer and their personal experience in World War 1. Students will be able to collate ideas about character and theme across the play and will organise quotations before learning quotations by rote. There will be opportunities for pupils to practise planning and essay style. Teachers will model both of these skills. Recent film versions of the play will be used to complement the teaching of the text.
Assessment: Term 4 - One whole text essay - 45 minutes. Students choose from a choice of two questions focused on the exploration of character or theme. Students must refer to contextual information and there are 8 marks available for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 and 4Evaluation, Comparison and Transactional Writing   
Students will build on the work that they developed in KS3 on Language skills. Students will be exposed to a range of twentieth and twenty-first century non-fiction texts as well as a further set of pre-twentieth century fiction texts. Class teachers will discuss the intricacies of the extracts with their classes and model annotation of extracts for each question type. 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. This exam also requires students to find the similarities between texts and to compare how the writers present their ideas and perspectives. A range of transactional writing forms will be explored and students will have the opportunity to practise writing a range of forms throughout the course.
Assessment: Term 3 - Evaluate Term 3 - Comparison 7a and 7b Term 4 - Transactional Writing - from a choice of 2 tasks Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 and 6Edexcel Language Paper 1 & 2; Literature Paper 1  
Pupils will develop skills across both Language Papers in preparation for their mock examinations. There will be practice papers provided for both papers and teachers will set 'walking-talking' mocks which enable students to practise their skills under timed conditions with support from the class teacher. A range of creative writing and transactional writing lessons will develop students' skills in these areas. The forms of transactional writing will be revised in this time too. Students will explicitly be taught spelling, punctuation and grammar rules to boost their scores for A06. Students will also revise Macbeth and Journey's End in preparation for their mock exam. The style of essays will be developed in this term.
Assessment: Term 5 - Paper 1 Mock Exam - 1 hour 45 minutes Term 6 - Paper 2 Mock Exam - 2 hours 5 minutes Term 6 - Literature Paper 1 Mock Exam - 1 hour 45 minutes Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Edexcel Literature Paper 2 - Poetry  
Students will explore 15 anthology poems in detail in preparation for the Paper 2 Literature exam. All of the poems are thematically linked and span different poetry eras, ranging from the Romantic era to contemporary poets. All students will be given a poetry anthology to annotate in and keep as a vital revision resource. The teacher will teach poems in an order that shows the clear links between content, time periods and methods. Practise of comparing poetry and grouping poems will be an integral part of the term. Students will have to understand the background of the poem and the social and historical context as this will inform their deeper understanding of the poet's messages and intentions.
Assessment: Term 6 - Comparative poetry essay - 35 minutes Speaking and Listening practise of comparison Key Words and Terms
 

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