English KS4


Year 10

In year 10, we begin working towards the two English GCSE qualifications:

AQA GCSE English Language

AQA GCSE English Literature

We focus on the study of the set literature texts. These are demanding and we aim to instil a good, in depth understanding of these early in the GCSE course. The chosen texts are the modern play ‘An Inspector calls’, the 19th century novella ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ along with the ‘Power and conflict’ poetry collection consisting of 15 poems, unseen poetry study and finally Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Each text is studied, annotated, and analysed in detail, bringing together previous learning, skills and contextual knowledge to support these new studies. The Summer term has a Language focus, finishing with the preparation and completion of the Speaking and Listening component of the AQA English Language GSCE. 


Year 11

Year 11 allows the opportunity for the revision of the texts studied in year 10 for the English Literature GCSE, which consists of two exam papers. Paper 1- Shakespeare and the 19th century novel, Paper 2- Power & conflict poetry and unseen poetry. There is also a focus on the exam content with explicit teaching of the skills required for the two exam papers for the English Language GCSE, ensuring all students are fully prepared for their summer exam series.


  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

Year 10

Modern Play

An Inspector Calls


Power & Conflict Poetry


Romeo and Juliet

19th Century novel

Jekyll & Hyde


Paper 1 & 2

Speaking & Listening

Spoken Language presentations 

Year 11
** This will be only for current year 10s

19th Century Novel

** Jekyll & Hyde

Unseen Poetry

Language –

Paper 1 & 2


Revision of Literature

An Inspector Calls

Romeo & Juliet

Power & conflict poetry

based on mocks

Revision and
class specific focus based on data