Overview:

Students in Year 10 and 11 have 4 English lessons each week.

Year 10 and Year 11 students have English homework set every week.
This is linked to their GCSE studies and will include regular examination practice questions.

All homework tasks are set on the school system EPraise and larger files referenced may be uploaded to Microsoft Teams.

Curriculum:

Click to Expand Year 10 Course Content:
Autumn Topic
Spring Topic 1
Spring Topic 2
Summer Topic 1
A Christmas Carol
An Inspector Calls
Poetry: Power and Conflict Poetry
In the Summer Term, students will be sitting their IGCSE English Language exam, therefore lesson time is dedicated to this.
Students will explore: setting, characters, themes and how Dickens presents them using language and structure. Students will explore the Victorian era and Dickens’ intentions to improve societal attitudes. Students will have some opportunities to produce creative writing pieces where spelling, grammar and punctuation will be a focus also. Students will look at the exam layout and criteria and practise how to structure an essay response.
Students will study the play in its entirety as part of their Literature GCSE. Students will look at the social and historical context and what influenced the writer. Students will analyse language and structure closely to be able to comment on the effects of writer’s methods. Students will work on developing their essay structure to ensure it meets the exam requirements / objectives by looking at past questions and exemplar responses.
Students will be issued with their anthology of poems, which we will read and study in depth. The focus will be on how writers convey meaning through the use of language and structure. We will consolidate and introduce new key poetic terms. We will also look at the context of each individual poem. Students will practise their essay writing skills and gain a good understanding of the assessment objectives and how to achieve them.
Assessment Objectives Focused:
Assessment Objectives Focused:
Assessment Objectives Focused:
  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts
  • AO2: Analyse language, form and structure
  • AO3: Understand relationships between texts and contexts
  • AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence-structures; write using accurate spelling and punctuation.
  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts
  • AO2: Analyse language, form and structure
  • AO3: Understand relationships between texts and contexts
  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts
  • AO2: Analyse language, form and structure
  • AO3: Understand relationships between texts and contexts
  • AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence-structures; write using accurate spelling and punctuation.
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
Author, Victorian, novel, society, poor vs. rich, family, bildungsroman, protagonist, antagonist, narrator, narrative perspective, miser, language, structure, description, similes, characterisation, symbol, symbolism, image, imagery, moral, attitudes
Morality, responsibility, social message, political view, capitalism, socialism, didactic, contemporary audience, play, stage directions, characterisation, Act, Scene, set, props, language, structure, infer, analyse, viewpoints, perspectives, summary, compare, reference / quote, writing styles, purpose, audience
Oppression, manipulation, propaganda, war, ideology, political pressure, society, simile, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, rhyme, volta, enjambment, structure, stanza, response, compare, similarities, differences, effects, attitudes, poet, context, unseen
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Autumn Topic
Spring Topic
Summer Topic
The Merchant of Venice
Unseen Poetry / Revision
In the Summer Term, students will be sitting their GCSE English Literature exam, therefore lesson time is dedicated to revision.
Students will read the play in full and analyse each scene, understanding Shakespearean language and how they can comment on its effect. Students will explore the social and historical context, including: race, religion, class, monarchy and relevant geographical locations. Students will have the opportunity to watch the film version and scenes from theatre productions to aid their understanding. Students will continue to practise exam questions and familiarise themselves with the exam criteria and layout
Students will look at a range of poems on different topics and in different forms, in order to hone in on their inference and analytical skills. Students will also need to practise comparing poems. They will look at language and structure and how they convey meaning and effect on the reader. Students will practise a range of exam style questions in preparation for their exam. Students will then focus on revising all texts in preparation for the exam. We will look at different ways of revising and completing more practice questions. If students need to retake their Language exam, revision will also take place for this
Assessment Objectives Focused:
Assessment Objectives Focused:
  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts
  • AO2: Analyse language, form and structure
  • A03: Understand relationships between texts and contexts
  • A04: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence-structures; write using accurate spelling and punctuation.
  • AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
  • AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
  • A03: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts
  • A04: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references
  • A05: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences
  • A06: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
moneylender, usurer, usury, commerce, venture, speculative, merchandise, mercenary, prosperity, prosperous, hazard, risk, contract, bond, forfeit, arrogant, harmony, lawyer, justice, mercy, compromise, compassion, suitor, tolerance, prejudice, anti-Semitic, pogrom, elopement, mitigate, in mitigation, cynical, cynically
unseen poetry, language, structure, form, patterns, analyse, infer, compare, poet, effect, revision, texts, extract, language, structure, source, response, effect, impressions, references / quotes, text, writing style, audience, purpose, evaluate, compare