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English

During Years 10 and 11 at UTC, students will study English at GCSE level. The content that they study is listed below for your information, if you need any more information please contact UTC on the numbers provided on the contact page.

Year 10

Exam Board: Edexcel

Autumn Term:

What are we learning this term?

The skills to:

  • Analyse and evaluate Nineteenth Century fiction, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century texts.
  • Plan and craft imaginative writing.
  • Comment on the use of language and significance of context in ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

 

  1. Nineteenth Century Fiction and Twentieth and Twenty-First Century texts – We will be looking at a range of texts written in the Nineteenth Century to the modern day including extracts from ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Bleak House’ and The Guardian. Lessons will focus on deducing meaning, analysing the language used and using texts as a springboard for students’ own writing.
  2. ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ – We will read the text and analyse the language use in key extracts as well as making links to contextual factors such as the time the novel was written and the Enlightenment movement.

 

Useful Websites:

A list of Nineteenth Century novels students can read to gain insight and understanding into the type of literature being written at the time. Goodreads.com allows students can link this site up to Facebook to share and discuss what they are reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/19th-century-fiction

Students can make effective revision materials from the information on ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’:

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/jekyll/

Google Classroom – revision materials and practise assessments will be published on Google Classrooms.

 

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.

 

Spring Term:

What are we learning this term?

The skills to:

  • Analyse and evaluate Nineteenth Century fiction, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century texts.
  • Plan and craft imaginative writing.
  • Comment on the use of language and significance of context in Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’

 

  1. Nineteenth Century Fiction and Twentieth and Twenty-First Century texts – We will continue to consider a range of texts written in the Nineteenth Century to the modern day including extracts from Dickens, Bronte and ‘Touching the Void’. Lessons will focus on deducing meaning, analysing the language used and using texts as a springboard for students’ own writing.
  2. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ – We will read the text and analyse the language use in key extracts as well as making links to contextual factors such as the time the play was written.  This choice of text allows us to explore some key social issues such as prejudice.

Useful Websites:

To be a successful writer, you should have a clear idea of what texts look and sound like. Reading newspaper articles, letters, advice leaflets and magazines will help you to do this. Newspaper articles can be accessed through the following websites:

www.theguardian.co.uk

www.thetimes.co.uk

www.thetelegraph.co.uk

www.themirror.co.uk

You can access revision materials on the Shakespeare play at:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/dramamerchantvenice/

Google Classroom – revision materials and practise assessments will be published on Google Classrooms.

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.

Summer Term:

What are we learning this term?

The skills to:

  • Analyse and evaluate Nineteenth Century fiction, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century texts.
  • Plan and craft imaginative writing.
  • Comment on the use of language and significance of context in a collection of poetry.

 

  1. Poetry – We will be studying an anthology of 15 poems. We will be able to explain the meaning of poems and how the poet communicates these ideas through language and structure. You will also consider what the poet is aiming to achieve in the poetry that they write.
  2. Nineteenth Century Fiction and Twentieth and Twenty-First Century texts – Our last look at a range of extracts from different forms of writing from the Nineteenth Century. We will be able to comment on the writer’s craft and discuss how the writers meet the needs of purpose and audience in the language that they use. We will also practise writing texts with a focus on persuasive writing.

 

Useful Websites:

Useful information on writing about poetry. You can use this information to help you complete OneNote tasks:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/writingcomparingpoetry/writingabpoetryrev1.shtml

This website has lots of English based quizzes; great for poetry, 20th and 21st Century texts and writing skills.

http://www.educationquizzes.com/gcse/english/

Google Classroom – revision materials and practise assessments will be published on Google Classrooms.

How will we be assessed?                              

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.

 

Year 11

Year 11 English continues on from studies in the previous year. A course outline can be found below:

 

Exam Board: Edexcel

Autumn Term:

What are we learning this term?

The skills to:

  • Comment on the use of language and significance of context in ‘An Inspector Calls’ or ‘Blood Brothers’.
  • Analyse and evaluate Nineteenth Century fiction, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century texts.
  • Comment on the use of language and significance of context in a collection of poetry.

 

 

  1. The Modern Play – Students will study a modern play and be able to evaluate the relevance of key themes and contextual issues.
  2. Nineteenth Century Fiction and Twentieth and Twenty-First Century texts – We will continue to consider a range of texts written in the Nineteenth Century to the modern day including extracts from Dickens, Bronte and ‘Touching the Void’. Lessons will focus on deducing meaning, analysing the language used and using texts as a springboard for students’ own writing.
  3. Poetry – once a week, students will refine their understanding of the skill of comparison through the study of 15 poems in the anthology.

Useful Websites:

A list of Nineteenth Century novels students can read to gain insight and understanding into the type of literature being written at the time. Goodreads.com allows students can link this site up to Facebook to share and discuss what they are reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/19th-century-fiction

Students can make effective revision materials from the information on ‘Blood Brothers’ or ‘An Inspector Calls’ on the BBC Bitesize webpage. Students can also access useful materials on the poems here.

Google Classroom – revision materials and practise assessments will be published on Google Classrooms.

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.

Spring Term:

What are we learning this term?

Exam Skills

There is no set teaching this half term which will allow individual teachers to cater to the needs of their groups.  Students will revise the following texts and topics as well as completing exam style questions in class and formal assessment situations:

  • ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell OR ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestly
  • The Pearsons Poetry Anthology
  • ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare
  • Nineteenth Century Fiction
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Texts

Useful Websites:

To be a successful writer, you should have a clear idea of what texts look and sound like. Reading newspaper articles, letters, advice leaflets and magazines will help you to do this. Newspaper articles can be accessed through the following websites:

www.theguardian.co.uk

www.thetimes.co.uk

www.thetelegraph.co.uk

www.themirror.co.uk

You should access BBC Bitesize for a range of revision tools.

Google Classroom – revision materials and practise assessments will be published on Google Classrooms.

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam