Year 11
KS4 English Curriculum Map
Term 1 - Theme: Powerful Voices; Powerful Views

Texts studied:

- A Christmas Carol

- Non-fiction extracts

 Exam preparation for:

  • Language Paper 2 Section A
  • Literature Paper 1 Section B 

Term 2 - Theme: Writing as a Reader, Reading as a Writer

Texts studied:

-Fiction extracts

Exam preparation for:

Language Paper 1 Section A & B

Term 3 - Theme: Final Examination Preparation

-Revision of core texts, key knowledge and content and continued application of learning to exam style questions.


-Literature Paper 1 (Macbeth & A Christmas Carol)

-Literature Paper 2 (An Inspector Calls, Anthology Poetry Power & Conflict cluster, Unseen Poetry)

-Language Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

-Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives



Which exam board do we use?



How can I revise for my English exams? 

English Language Paper 1 - YouTube - Mr Bruff videos are very popular and can really help students get clear about the demands of each section of the papers. Don't just sit and watch, though. Make a mind-map of all the prompts and ideas that Mr Bruff talks about as you watch and then test yourself or get someone to test you. You could even try making your own video explaining the requirements of each question. 

Q1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMhQIX9DCcQ

Q2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_dE68iUg-k 

Q3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1ZEBeVdh8U

Q4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aul3_8iw2wM 

Q5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM_0PshTEjs

Macbeth: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqGFsWf-P-cCMpq89C0yaU5scvuYiIKuL

An Inspector Calls: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqGFsWf-P-cDvuiSH8SycEDh1Ugke9tmb 

York notes for GCSE Revision - A Christmas Carol

York notes for GCSE Revision - Macbeth

York notes are available to buy from lots of different stockists.


You should also be using Seneca to revise - check your Seneca account to see what your teacher has set for you. Remember, you can take quizzes more than once and it's a good idea to do this. Your teacher will have put links on Class Charts to show you what you've been set so parents/carers can check this too. Remember, little and often is the best approach - try to work in 20 minute chunks and then have a break - if possible, do something active or even have a nap after revising - both methods have been shown to support your learning. 

Useful Links

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702 - English Literature exam board specification

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700 - English Language exam board specification

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education BBC Bitesize has an excellent range of materials to support the preparation for both English Language and English Literature GCSEs. CGP revision guides are also an effective way to supplement the learning in school.

Penguin - Lit in Colour Reading Lists