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KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 English
Term 1Modern play (Lit Paper 1 section B) An Inspector Calls   
Modern novel/play (Lit Paper 1 section B) 19th Century fiction extracts Aim: Introduction to the course, enthusing students about English Introduction to Literature – what makes a text “literary”? Begin An Inspector Calls with a focus on understanding plot and symbolism, the presentation of characters, themes and the context in which it was written. Also practise responding to unseen passages for creative exploration of writers’ style.
Assessment: 1. Literature. Essay question requiring students to demonstrate understanding of plot and symbolism, the presentation of characters, themes and the context in which the play was written. 2. Reading: Students respond to an unseen 19th century text analysing the writer’s use of language and structure 3. Writing: Transactional writing task – either, letter or journal/diary Key Words and Terms
 
Term 219th Century Fiction Extracts (Lang Paper 1 Sec A) and Creative Writing (Lang, Paper 1 sec B)   
(Lang Paper 1 Sec A) and Creative Writing (Lang, Paper 1 sec B Aim: To develop reading and analysis skills, and familiarise with older literary texts’ styles. Read and respond to a range of 19th Century texts in order to develop students’ ability to write independently applying the principles of planning, drafting and revising their work. Also include a first Spoken Language task.
Assessment: 1. Reading: Students respond to an unseen 19th century text evaluating the writer’s presentation of a theme/character/idea 2. Writing: Imaginative/creative writing. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Poetry from Edexcel Anthology – Cluster on Conflict (Lit Paper 2, Sec B)   
Fiction reading & writing (Lang Paper 1). Poetry from Edexcel Anthology (Lit Paper 2, Sec B) Aim: To develop students’ ability to study, respond to and write fiction pieces, with a focus on audience, purpose, genre and tone. Aim: To develop students’ understanding of, and responses to, poetry, including skills of comparison.
Assessment: 1. Literature assessment based on students being able to compare two poems from the same cluster of the Edexcel poetry anthology, based on the theme of conflict 2. Writing: Transactional task Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Literature – Romeo and Juliet (Literature paper 1 section A)  
Non-fiction reading & writing (Lang Paper 2, Sec. A & B-Viewpoints Shakespeare (Lit Paper 1, Sec A) Aim: Introduce students to a Shakespeare play they have not read before – Romeo and Juliet – with a focus on understanding plot and dramatic structure, the presentation of characters, themes and the context in which it was written. Continuation of non-fiction study built in to class/home work. Aim: To develop students’ ability to study, respond to and write non-fiction pieces, with a focus on audience, purpose, genre and tone.
Assessment: 1. Students revisit text studied in Year 9 and consider the presentation of a character/theme, paying close attention to Shakespeare’s use of language and structure, based upon an extract selected by the teacher, from within the play, as they would be expected to do so in the final exam 2. Reading assessment based on students comparing 2 non-fiction texts. Students compare similarities and differences between the two texts 3. Writing: Imaginative/creative writing task Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Romeo and Juliet & English Language Exam Practice
Mock preparation, and Year 11 preparation Spoken Language Preparation for end of year exam –Literature Paper 1. Begin research 19th Century text – opportunity for 2nd Spoken Lang. task.
Assessment: 1. End of year exam based on paper 1 of the Edexcel English GCSE paper; section A reading comprehension - fiction texts comprehension; section B – imaginative writingKey Words and Terms
 
Term 6Mock Preparation & Year 11 Preparation (Spoken Language)   
Preparation - Read a 19th Century set text as advised by teacher.
Assessment: 1. End of year exam based on Paper 2 of the GCSE English exam; section A – reading comprehension - non-fiction texts; section B – transactional writing 2. Spoken Language assessment Key Words and Terms
 

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