Felixstowe School

Key Stage 4 GCSE English Literature – Curriculum Overview

Core Knowledge

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts: maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response; use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Cross-curricularCultural capital (including skills and emotional)
AO3 links to History- prior knowledge of Victorians from KS2; link to current KS3 History curriculum: The Industrial Revolution; WW1; Suffragettes; the Medieval period.

Analysis of texts: any subject which uses this skills!

Links to IT and research skills.

Ideally, GCSE Literature should be the main vehicle for delivering GCSE Language skills. Many of the reading skills can be developed through studying the Literature texts. Many of the writing skills can be inspired by the Literature texts.
Developing resilience through literacy skills: reading sophisticated literature texts, creating presentations, extended writing, reading, implementation of complex vocabulary, and discussions.

Social/Historical knowledge about the key moments in history: war, poverty, social and political change.

Cultural knowledge developed through studying a range of genres including prose, poetry and drama.

Empathy developed through studying characters, their situations, and representations of class, ethnicity, gender, and age in focus texts.

Opportunities to engage with literature: theatre trips; external expert speakers; Higher Education widening participation opportunities; using technology to experience wider aspects of Literature (online museums, galleries, theatres, etc.); wider reading through links to local library.