English - Year 10

Year 10 students have 8 lessons per fortnight to study the Linear Eduqas English Language and Literature course.

In English Language, students will read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, through structured questions. Students will be offered opportunities to write for a range of audiences and purposes, creating letters, articles, reviews, reports and speeches. They will also develop their creative writing skills.

In English Literature, students will explore and analyse 'A Christmas Carol', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Blood Brothers', an anthology of poetry (1789 - present day) and unseen modern poetry. Students must consider context, plot, character, themes, style and structure.

English Language is: 100% exam, (Component 1: 1 hour 45 minutes; Component 2: 2 hours). (June of Year 11)


English Literature is: 100% exam (Component 1 ('Romeo and Juliet'; poetry anthology) : 2 hours; Component 2 ('Blood Brothers; 'A Christmas Carol'; unseen poetry) : 2 hours 30 minutes). (May of Year 11)


Students are provided with all course books and reading texts for use in school. They will benefit from purchasing their own copies of: 'Romeo and Juliet' W Shakespeare; 'A Christmas Carol' C Dickens; 'Blood Brothers' W Russell and any related study guides for use at home.



Topic  Overview  Assessment 
English Language

20th Century Fiction and Creative Writing
(Term 1)
Component 1

A: Reading: 20th Century fiction
Students will read a selection of extracts from 20th Century fiction and answer a series of structured questions, making critical judgements about a text and its effects on the reader.
Exam focus: 5 questions on an unseen extract of 20th Century fiction

B: Creative writing
Students will shape a story based upon personal experience, developing a believable plot, characters and ideas in detail. Students will be encouraged to use sentence and vocabulary variation for effect, vary punctuation confidently and secure complex spellings.
Exam focus: Write a story in response to 4 titles.



ST1 Exam
(1 hour, 45 minutes)
Reading: 20th Century fiction:
5 questions (1 hour);
Creative Writing (45 minutes)

December 2019
English Literature

A Christmas Carol
(Term 1)






Poetry Anthology
(Term 1 and ongoing)
Component 2: Section B

Students will explore and analyse a 19th century text: 'A Christmas Carol'. Through a range of activities, they will show a secure understanding of the plot, characters, themes, writer's method and context.
They will increasingly analyse the language, form and structure, using apt literary subject terminology. Students will be expected to learn key quotations from the novella in preparation for the source-based question in ST1.
Exam focus: Source-based question

Component 1: Section B:

Students will explore and analyse poetry from 1789 to the present day. When considering the poems, students will make thoughtful references to the meanings and effects of stylistic features used by the writers, using apt subject terminology. Students will also show secure understanding of the relationships between the poems and the contexts in which they were written. Students will be expected to learn quotations and contextual details from a selection of the poems in preparation for ST1.
Exam focus: Comparison of two poems.  














ST1 Exam
(1 hour, 45 minutes)
A Christmas Carol Source based question (45 minutess);
Comparison of 2 poems from the anthology (1 hour)
December 2019  
English Language

Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing
(Term 2)







Component 2

A: Reading: 19th and 21st Century non-fiction Students will explore a range of non-fiction texts written from the 19th Century and the 21st Century and answer a series of structured questions. They will make focused comments about a text, demonstrating analysis of language, structure and tone. They will also make detailed comparisons on the writers' ideas and methods.
Exam focus: 6 questions on two unseen non-fiction texts.

B: Transactional/Persuasive writing
Students will improve their transactional and persuasive writing skills by producing a range of non-fiction texts such as letters, speeches, reviews, reports, leaflets and articles. Responses will be expected to show consistent understanding of the purpose, audience and format of the task. Content should be shaped, using well-judged details to make ideas more precise. Sentence structure should be varied and secure. Ambitious vocabulary will be used accurately to create effects.
Exam focus: 2 Transactional/Persuasive writing task  









ST2 Exam
(2 hours)
Reading: 19th & 21st Century non-fiction: 6 questions (1 hour); 2 transactional writing tasks (1 hour)
June 2020
 
English Literature

Blood Brothers
(Term 2 and 3)




Romeo and Juliet
(Term 2 and 3)
Component 2: Section A

Students will explore Russell's play, showing a secure understanding of key aspects of the play. Students will support and justify their responses to the text with well-chosen direct references and quotations. They will increasingly analyse the language, form and structure, using apt literary subject terminology. Students will be expected to learn key quotations from the play in preparation for the source-based question.
Exam focus: Source-based question

Component 1: Section A

Students will revisit Romeo and Juliet, showing a secure understanding of key themes, characters and plot. They will increasingly analyse the language, form and structure, using apt literary subject terminology. Students will be expected to learn quotations from the play in preparation for the essay question.
Exam focus: Essay  






ST2 Exam
(1 hour, 25 minutes)
Romeo and Juliet: Essay question (40 minutes);
Blood Brothers Source-based question (45 minutes)

June 2020  
English Language

Spoken Language
(Term 3)
Spoken Language

Students will be introduced to the elements of content, structure and delivery that make an effective presentation, exploring a range of examples and preparing a presentation for assessment. Students will be encouraged to discuss a challenging topic, aimed at a teenage audience.
Exam focus: Spoken Language Assessment completed in class.



Assessment completed within class time.
July 2020  
English Literature

Unseen Poetry
(Term 3)
Component 2: Section C

Students will explore the approach to understanding and analysing unfamiliar poetry, considering the content, key ideas and the poet's use of language, structure and form. Students will also show understanding of the relationship between two poems of a similar topic, making connections between the poets' use of content, language, structure, form and message.
Exam focus: Application Task completed in class  


Application Task
(1 hour)
Comparison of 2 unseen poems
May 2020  

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