Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 11 English
Term 3 Edexcel Literature Paper 2 - Time and Place Poetry
Pupils will study 15 poems grouped in the theme 'Time and Place' which is set in the Edexcel Poetry Anthology in preparation for their Paper 2 Literature Exam. All students will be provided with a poetry anthology and each poem will be approached as an unseen poem. Students will annotate their poems using a variety of strategies and their thoughts and responses will be developed by teacher's questioning and information about context. Students will need to compare two poems from the anthology in their exam; on poem will be seen, quotations and structural and contextual information about another poem will have to be dedicated to memory in order for students to compare. The comparison will be based around a common theme or idea; students will analyse the similarities and differences between the poets' use of language, form and structure. Contextual information also needs to be included.
Assessment: One comparative essay before mock exams - 35 minutes. Mock exam in November - one 35 minute comparative essay and one unseen comparative essay - 45 minutes. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1 and 2Edexcel Literature Paper 2 - Great Expectations   
Pupils will study the novel 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens in preparation for their Paper 2 Literature Exam. All students should purchase a copy of the text (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 novel. Quotes need to be learned by rote and discussions and essays will focus on the writer's craft. There will be opportunities for pupils to practice planning and essay style. Teachers will model both of these skills. Teaching will take place mainly through reading of extracts, the rest of the novel will be read by pupils as homework. There are film adaptations of the film that will be watched in part to compliment the teaching and aid pupils' understanding.
Assessment: On extract based question based on Paper 2 Literature question - 30 minutes in Term 1. On whole text question based on Paper Literature exam - 30 minutes in Term 1. 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 2 - Comparison of Anthology and Unseen Poetry 
Pupils will study 15 poems grouped in the theme 'Time and Place' which is set in the Edexcel Poetry Anthology in preparation for their Paper 2 Literature Exam. All students will be provided with a poetry anthology and each poem will be approached as an unseen poem. Students will annotate their poems using a variety of strategies and their thoughts and responses will be developed by teacher's questioning and information about context. Students will need to compare two poems from the anthology in their exam; on poem will be seen, quotations and structural and contextual information about another poem will have to be dedicated to memory in order for students to compare. The comparison will be based around a common theme or idea; students will analyse the similarities and differences between the poets' use of language, form and structure. In addition, closer teaching of unseen poetry and comparative essay style will be taught. Students will be given stricter time restraints to analyse unseen texts.
Assessment: Unseen Poetry essay - 45 minutes March Mock - Literature Paper 1 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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