Felixstowe School

Key Stage 4 GCSE English Language – Curriculum Overview

Core Knowledge

AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas; select and synthesise evidence from different texts

AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations

AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

Cross-curricularCultural capital (including skills and emotional)
English Language underpins every subject on the curriculum where students are required to read, write, speak or listen. Lessons are delivered separately to English Literature lessons although the skills can be interleaved.

The English Language Anthology covers fiction and non-fiction extracts which link to civil rights, other cultures, social change, key historical events, the environment, climate change, and so forth.

The Spoken Language element of the course is relevant in all other subjects on the curriculums, giving students the academic and personal skills to verbally communicate with other people.

In Year 10, 2 lessons per fortnight are dedicated to English Language. In Year 11, 3 lessons per fortnight are dedicated to English Language.
In English Language:

* Students learn skills for life
* Written and spoken communication
* The ability to read and interpret information
* Experience of other cultures and traditions
*Empathy for others