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Key Stage 4

Time Allocation: Students study English for four 1 hour lessons a week throughout Key Stage 4.

Exam Board: AQA

Three Year Key Stage 4: English Department Rationale and Programme of Study for Year 9

Year 9 in English Language and Literature is a foundation year for Key Stage 4 where students have the opportunity to continue to broaden, widen and deepen their knowledge of the subject. Students study culturally varied texts that are currently or have recently been on the GCSE syllabus and to learn to speak and write in a variety of genres. They learn the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the GCSE exam (for example, by learning the conventions of a Shakespearean tragedy when studying ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to prepare them for the study of ‘Macbeth’ in years 10 and 11).  Final assessments for each unit are graded using the relevant AQA GCSE mark schemes.

 

Year 9 Term

Topic

Preparation for GCSE exam

Key concepts learnt and/ or consolidated for GCSE

Autumn 1

Of Mice and Men

English Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts

Narrative structure, characterisation, themes, the importance of context

Autumn 2

Travel Writing

English Language Paper 2: Non-Fiction reading and writing

Textual genres, sentence structures, parts of speech

Spring 1

Love poetry

English Literature Paper 2: Poetry

Genres: lyric, epic, narrative, dramatic; language and structural devices; sonnet form

Spring 2

Romeo and Juliet

English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare

Aristotelian conventions of a tragedy; equivocation; gender roles in Early Modern Period

Summer 1

Dystopian Writing

English Language Paper 1: Descriptive and Narrative Writing

4-part default narrative structure and variations on this.  Descriptive writing; characterisation; effective use of varied sentence structures

Summer 2

Transactional Writing and Spoken Language Endorsement (GCSE Assessment)

English Language Paper 2: Non-fiction Writing

Adapting writing according to genre, purpose and audience.

 

All students will write and deliver a speech for their GCSE matriculation requirement

 

 

GCSE Assessment Summary

GCSE English Language

Fiction and Imaginative Writing

Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th Century novel.

25%

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract.

25%

Non-fiction and Transactional Writing

Section A – Reading: questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts.

25%

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.

25%

GCSE English Literature

Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel

Section A – Shakespeare: a question based on an extract of approximately 30 lines for analysis of language, form and structure. Students should also address how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.

25%

Section B – 19th-century novel: a question based on an extract of approximately 400 words for analysis of language, form and structure. Students should also address how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the novel.

25%

Modern Texts and Poetry since 1789

Section A – Post-1914 British play or novel: ONE essay question.

25%

Section B – Part 1: ONE question comparing a named poem from the AQA Poetry Anthology collection to another poem from that collection. The named poem will be shown in the question paper.

 Part 2: TWO questions analysing and comparing two unseen contemporary poems.

25%

 

 

Year 10 & 11 Schedule of teaching:

10

Autumn 1

19th Century non-fiction reading and creative writing

Autumn 2

British play or novel

Spring 1

Poetry

Spring 2

Shakespeare

Summer 1

Non-fiction reading

Summer 2

Non-fiction writing

11

Autumn 1

19th Century novel

(including practice for English Language Fiction and Imaginative Writing)

Autumn 2

Non-fiction reading and writing

Spring 1

Shakespeare revision

Poetry revision

Spring 2

British play or novel revision

Poetry revision

Summer 1

General revision