The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 10 GCSE English Curriculum

    Year 10 begin new EDUQAS GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. The changes are substantial. Exams have returned to a more traditional format and are LINEAR not modular. English Literature is now CLOSED BOOK and there is NO CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT.

    In year 10, most of the Language will be taught through Literature and we will keep the study of most demanding texts on-going as students are required to have a detailed knowledge of the works and be able to quote.

    We will now have 8 lessons over the fortnightly cycle.

    There is no opportunity to sit exams early.


    All terms

    This is a rolling programme in which the units will be taught simultaneously

    Further details about the topic



    Please see EDUQAS website for a detailed breakdown of skills and AOs


    Two lessons per fortnight  on the 19th century novel ( LIT Component 2 Section B)

    Two lessons per fortnight on the Shakespeare text

    ( LIT Component 1  Section A)

    Two lessons per fortnight on poetry (Lit Component 1 Section B and Lit Component 2 Section C)

    One lesson per fortnight on Language (all components, including Spoken Language – which was previously known as Speaking and Listening)

    The remaining lesson could be on any aspect of the course.

    Spoken Language is graded separately and will be undertaken throughout, often linked with the Literature texts.

    An Inspector Calls

    By J B Priestley  (LIT Component 2 Section A) will be introduced at a later point as it is a less demanding text.

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson OR


    EQUQAS Poetry Anthology

    Please see EDUQAS website












    The time when we begin to teach An Inspector Calls will vary depending on the sets

    Students will learn to analyse texts at a deeper level paying attention to stylistic effects. They will become more familiar with the features of 19th century prose.




    The text will be studied in detail and students will learn how to organise notes on character and plot and how to select quotations.


    How do poets achieve the effects they do? We explore the manifold ways. The analytical skills go hand in hand with the prose analysis for Language.


    The Language paper is comprehension and writing. Study of the 19th century novel will be useful preparation as one of the reading tests contains a passage of 19th century non-fiction (Language Component 2 Section A)


    Autumn Term


    Common Assessment

    CAT 1

    Knowledge based test on 19th century novel and Shakespeare

    Creative  writing

    Written tests

    Spring Term



    CAT 2

    Knowledge based test on 19th century novel, Shakespeare and poetry

    Transactional writing

    Written tests

    Summer Term



    CAT 3

    End of Year Exam

    End of year exam

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    Text books

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde R L Stevenson

    The War of the Worlds H G wells

    An Inspector Calls J B Priestley

    EDUQAS Poetry Anthology

    Macbeth William Shakespeare


    Recommended reading

    Please see school website


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