English at KS4

Course ID
Edexcel 1EN0 / 1ET0
Faculty
English
Department
English
Level
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Head of Faculty
H. Seckleman
Head of Department
H. Seckleman

At GCSE, the expectation is for all students to study both English Language and English Literature. Students study a range of texts for both GCSEs and the two GCSEs are taught concurrently as many of the skills required overlap.

Students cover the content of both GCSEs in Year 10 and this allows them to revisit and revise the texts in Year 11. We have found that this helps to cement students’ understanding and better enables them to learn key quotations, which is imperative for the examinations. To further ensure that students are as prepared as possible, we have built in regular assessment weeks and mock examinations. Our aim is for students to enjoy English and to help them develop the skills necessary for them to succeed in their post-school lives, as well as preparing them for their GCSEs.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 10

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Conflict poetry and unseen poetry. Practice exam questions.
Autumn 2 A Christmas Carol End of unit exam (Jan week 1).
Spring 1 An Inspector Calls Practice exam questions.
Spring 2 Macbeth End of unit exam (immediately after Easter break).
Summer 1 Language paper 1 and 2 preparation. Practice exam questions.
Summer 2 Language paper 1 and 2 preparation. Mock exams (language paper 1 and 2).

 

Year 11

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Conflict poetry and unseen poetry, A Christmas Carol. Practice questions.
Autumn 2 Paper 1 Language. Mock exams – Literature paper 2, Language paper 1.
Spring 1 An Inspector calls revision and paper 2 Language. Paper 2 Language mock exam.
Spring 2 Macbeth Paper 1 Literature mock exam.
Summer 1 Revise all topics. GCSE exams.
Summer 2 GCSE Examination. GCSE Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 10

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Edexcel English; BBC Bitesize English; Shmoop; Spark Notes. Re-read literature texts above and other works by the same authors. Read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from different time periods in preparation for the unseen texts in the language examination. Adaptations of the literature texts. Poetry revision websites.  

 

Year 11

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Edexcel English; BBC Bitesize English; Shmoop; Spark Notes. Re-read literature texts above and other works by the same authors. Read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from different time periods in preparation
for the unseen texts in the language examination.
Adaptations of the literature texts. Poetry revision websites.  

 

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