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Redland Green School

KS4 English

In English at RGS, we will broaden our horizons by meeting new people and new cultures through texts from a range of times and places. We will understand and appreciate the value of our literary heritage, using this knowledge to make sense of the present day. We will read widely including a range of fiction and non- fiction texts and will be curious about language and vocabulary. We will use language effectively ourselves, becoming highly articulate individuals, with the vocabulary and rhetoric to be able to express our own voices and independently formed opinions, as well as challenge others where necessary. Above all we will develop empathy which will allow us to become open minded individuals who embrace and enjoy the wider world around us.

We believe stories are fundamental to our understanding of the world, and therefore our curriculum is structured using the three core strands of Voices, Literary Heritage and Empathy. Having visited Stories Through Time in Y7, Stories Across Place in Y8 and Stories of People in Y9, KS4 moves on to include Stories Which Stand the Test of Time

As Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie said, “Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity….When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.”

Exam board:

AQA English Language GCSE

AQA English Literature GCSE

How is this examined? 

English Language:

  • Paper One (1 hour and 45 minutes): Fiction, One twentieth or twenty-first century prose extract, 4 reading questions and 1 writing question. (Descriptive and narrative writing - choice of two questions).
  • Paper Two (1 hour and 45 minutes): Non-fiction. One nineteenth-century non-fiction text and one twentieth or twenty-first century text. (Speech, letter, essay, article or leaflet). 4 reading questions and 1 writing question (non-fiction one of the aforementioned forms - no choice of question.)
  • English Literature:

    • Paper One (1 hour 30 minutes): Shakespeare and 19th century novel.2 extract-based essays, no choice of question and closed book. 
    • Paper Two (2 hours and 15 minutes): Modern text (novel or play) choice of two questions, Poetry (Power and Conflict/Love and Relationships) anthology and Unseen Poetry. Closed book.

 Our Curriculum:

At Redland Green we have a team of passionate and exceptional English teachers. Each of the team brings their own interest and experience to the role. While the core elements remain the same between each class (for example a modern novel, a 19th century and a poetry anthology), the actual texts chosen are chosen by the class teacher to allow them to bring their own passion and experience to their class. This has been shown through the last few years to deliver excellent outcomes for our students.

Year 10 Year 11

Term 1 & 2: Empathy

 

  • Literature: Modern Text (either Blood Brothers/Lord of the Flies/My Name Is Leon/History Boys/An Inspector Calls.)
  • Literature: 5 anthology poems (either Love and Relationships, Worlds and Lives or Power and Conflict.)
  • Language: Awareness of 2/3 non fiction forms
  • Language: Paper 1 reading questions 1, 2 and 3.

 

Term 3: Rhetoric and Voices

 

  • Language: Paper 2 Language
  • Language: Speaking and Listening

 

Term 4:  Literary Heritage

 

  • Literature: 19C Century Novel (either Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein).
  • Literature: 5 anthology poems (either Love and Relationships, Worlds and Lives or Power and Conflict.)
  • Language: Awareness of 2/3 non fiction forms
  • Language: Paper 1 Language Q4

 

Term 5: Literary Heritage

 

  • Literature: Complete 19C Novel
  • Literature: 5 anthology poems (either Love and Relationships, Worlds and Lives or Power and Conflict.)

 

Term 6: Empathy

 

  • Language: Creative writing
  • Literature: Unseen poetry 

Term 1: Literary Heritage

 

Literature: Shakespeare: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet or Much Ado About Nothing

 

Term 2: Literary Heritage

 

  • Literature: :Shakespeare and 19th century revision
  • Language: Paper 1 revision

 

Term 3 &4: Revision

 

  • Literature: Modern text, Poetry Anthology, Unseen poetry revision
  • Language: Paper 2 revision

 

Term 5 & 6

  • Revision 

Why is the course sequenced this way?

In Year 10, we focus on introducing students to both English Literature and English Language and intentionally cover the majority of the Literature course content. We interleave our two subjects so students are able to make progress in both Language and Literature, and also are able to identify that the skills for analysing fiction and non fiction texts for English Language (Papers 1 and 2) are inherently practised in the skills developed when approaching our Literature texts. 

Having progressed through Year 10, students will apply their skills to the Shakespeare text, as well as having a more explicit focus on exam skills. Students will consolidate their knowledge and practise the application of the knowledge and skills from Year 10, improving their own learning by revisiting the targets set to allow them to demonstrate their understanding, analysis and evaluation of their Literature texts and Language skills. 

 

Key Stage 4 - Cross Curricular Reading

One of the best ways to get high marks in your GCSE subjects is to ‘conceptualise’ your essay responses to exam questions.

This essentially means having ‘a take’ or thesis in your essay i.e. you use your essay to say something interesting or relevant in response to that essay title.

One of the best ways to do this is to make cross-curricular links across your GCSE learning.

To help you do this below are some links to online non fiction reading that will help you make connections between your different GCSE subjects.

THE MODERN NOVEL

 Lord of the Flies

Psychology:

The Psychology of Group Dynamics and ‘Evil’ 

Denial: The Psychology and Physiology Behind Staying Alive

History:

The Real Lord of the Flies 

A podcast on how fascism starts

R&W:

Is Evil: ‘A Darkness in Ourselves’?

St Augustine and The ‘Origin’ of Evil

Does Society Promote or Create Evil?

Animal Farm

Psychology:

The Psychology of Dictatorships

Inside The Mind of Dictators

History:

Mr Jones: How a Welsh Journalist Exposed The Horror of Stalin’s Ukraine Famines

Podcast - 'Communism: The Rest Is History'

R&W:

Does Society Promote or Create Evil?

The Russian Orthodox Church in Animal Farm

George Orwell and The Church of England

An Inspector Calls

Psychology:

Capitalism, Selfishness and Psychology

History:

Modern-day Exploitation in the UK

R&W:

Does Society Promote or Create Evil?

Never Let me Go

Psychology:

Identity, Psychology and ‘The Soul’

What Defines our Identities: Memories or Morality?

Robots: A Fear of the Unknown?

Human Experiments: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Alienation, Reification, and a Poverty of Imagination in Never Let Me Go

History:

Is it Right to use Nazi Research if it Can Save Lives?

How Do the Law and Scientific Developments Interact?

Alienation, Reification, and a Poverty of Imagination in Never Let Me Go

R&W:

Do We Have a Soul? 

Human Experiments: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Scientific ‘Evidence’ for The Soul

 

THE 19th CENTURY NOVEL

Frankenstien

Psychology:

Research Ethics: Frankenstein and Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Sciences

Nature Versus Nurture: The Developmental Psychology of Frankenstein’s Monster

Robots: A Fear of the Unknown?

Nature vs. Nurture in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Two centuries on, Frankenstein is the perfect metaphor for the Anthropocene era

History:

A History of Early Modern Science

Medieval Alchemy AKA ‘Weird Science’

Podcast on Mary Shelley and The Monster

Two centuries on, Frankenstein is the perfect metaphor for the Anthropocene era

R&W:

The Danger of ‘Playing God’

Satan: The Original ‘Anti Hero in Paradise Lost

Two centuries on, Frankenstein is the perfect metaphor for the Anthropocene era

 

Jekll and Hyde

Psychology:

Duality in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Depressive Dr. Jekyll and Manic Mr. Hyde

The Study of Everyday Evil

The Psychoanalysis and Symbolism of Stevensons Jekyll and Hyde

The Id, Ego and Superego Shown in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

History:

Poverty in Victorian London 

Grim Realities of Life in London’s 19th Century Slums

The Original Reaction to Drawin’s Theory of Evolution

R&W:

The Man who Studies Everyday Evil

Dr Jekyll and a Not So Wicked Mr Hyde: How a Portrait of Evil was Toned Down

 

Christmas Carol

Psychology:

Scrooge Syndrome: Transforming Embitterment

Does My Uncle Scrooge Need Help? A Psychological Evaluation of Ebenezer Scrooge

Science of the Paranormal: Can You Trust Your Own Mind?

Healthy Selfishness and Pathological Altruism: Measuring Two Paradoxical Forms of Selfishness

History:

The Origins of A Christmas Carol

The Life of Charles Dickens

Grim Realities of Life in London’s 19th Century Slum

R&W:

How the story of Christmas saved Islam

How the God you worship influences the Ghosts you see

What were Dicken's views towards religion? 

 SHAKESPEARE

Macbeth

Psychology:

Damned Spot: Guilt, Scrubbing, and More Guilt

Macbeth as a Victim of PTSD

Gender Roles in Macbeth and What It Means to Be a Man

History:

The Reformation of the Christian Church in Shakespeare

A royal obsession with black magic started Europe's most brutal witch hunts

'You're Dead to Me' (Podcast) 

The Gunpowder Plot and Shakespeare’s Macbeth

R&W:

The Reformation of the Christian Church in Shakespeare

Witches in Macbeth

Why Witchcraft Is on the Rise

Romeo & Juliet

Psychology:

The ‘Romeo and Juliet Effect’ - Parental Influence on Relationships

Romantic Crushes and Love

Science vs Shakespeare: which explains love better?

History:

Love, Sex and Marriage in Shakespeare’s Time

Fights, brawls, feuds and duels in Romeo and Juliet and Elizabethan England

Shakespeare and Gender: The Woman's Part

R&W:

Was Shakespeare secretly a Catholic?

Love, Sex and Marriage in Shakespeare’s Time

Fate, Destiny and Free Will in Shakespeare 

 

Much Ado About Nothing

Psychology:

Comedy, tragedy and gender politics in Much Ado About Nothing

What is Flirting?

Science vs Shakespeare: which explains love better?

History:

Wit as Empowering Women in Much Ado About Nothing

Gender Roles in Much Ado About Nothing

Comedy, tragedy and gender politics in Much Ado About Nothing

R&W:

Was Shakespeare secretly a Catholic?

Love, Sex and Marriage in Shakespeare’s Time

Fate, Destiny and Free Will in Shakespeare  

POWER AND CONFLICT POETRY 

Charge of the Light Brigade:

‘The Charge of The Light Brigade’: Making Poetry From War

Storm on the Island:

Obituary: Seamus Heaney

Bayonet Charge:

Ted Hughes and War 

Remains:

Poems For The Lost: Simon Armitage Remembers WW1

Poppies:

Wearing a Poppy Was a Pledge of Peace. Now it serves to Sanitise War

War Photographer:

‘Once Photography Gets a Grip, You're Captive’: Don McCullin and Giles Duley in Conversation

Tissue:

Hunt For Next Poet Laureate Still on as Imtiaz Dharker Says No to Job

Emigree:

Carol Rumens: Biography 

Checking Out Me History:

Close Readings of John Agard's ‘Checking Out Me History’, ‘Flag’ and ‘Half Caste’

Kamikaze:

The Last Kamikaze: Two Japanese Pilots Tell How They Cheated Death

POETRY:

Poetry Sales Soar as Political Millennials Search For Clarity

How should I revise? 


Use exercise books.