The English department strives to use innovative and exciting methods to engage our students in the three main cornerstones of English: Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. Starting in Year 7, these skills are taught and regularly assessed to ensure that, on reaching Year 11 and GCSE, the skills and knowledge required for exam success are fully embedded.
A full range of stimulus material is used throughout KS3/4 in order that students not only learn the skills required for exam success but engage in reading, writing and the spoken word in their daily lives. Everything from novels to magazines to short films and advertising projects; plays, poetry and newspapers are all used within the English classroom to ensure that teaching and learning is accessible, relevant and modern to our students.
English is the backbone of learning for the whole curriculum and as such, revisiting the basics is vital. All English assessment pieces are therefore focused on National Curriculum reading, writing and speaking/listening levels. Each student is assessed twice a term to ensure progress is being made and any interventions can be made if necessary.
KS3 Curriculum Overview Click here
Novels studied in Key Stage 3
We stock a wide range of fiction in the English dept to suit all ability ranges. We are able to offer your child a variety of reading material to engage them as active readers in years 7-9. Below is a selection of titles we use here at La Mare de Carteret High school for each year group
Goodnight Mr Tom: Michelle Magorian
Skellig: David Almond
The Last Wolf: Michael Morpurgo
Room 13: Robert Swindells
Cold Tom: Sally Prue
Holes: Louis Sachar
Victory: Susan Cooper
How to get Famous: Pete Johnson
Fat boy Swim: Catherine Fade
King of Shadows: Susan Cooper
The boy in the Striped Pyjamas: John Boyle
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime: Mark Haddon
Tightrope: Gillian Cross
The Defender: Allan Gibbons
Junk: Melvyn Burgess
The KEY STAGE 4 English Curriculum
La Mare de Carteret High School delivers the English GCSE course through the AQA syllabus and as such can offer TWO different routes to achieving a GCSE in the subject.
- GCSE English: A single award GCSE taken over two years with a single terminal exam in year 11.
- GCSE English Language and Literature: A double award GCSE that is worth TWO separate qualifications*
(English Language cannot be taken alone and must be studied with Literature)
The choice of route is taken by the teachers on behalf of their students. As such; all students take the course that is best suited to them and gives them the best opportunity of exam success. *NB: It is important to understand that ONLY English/English Language count as a student’s English qualification for the purposes of achieving 5A*-C inc. English and Maths.
The rules of the English Classroom
Here in the English Dept all staff adhere to the ‘Ready to Learn’ school behaviour policy which is available from another section of this website.
Therefore the rules of the English classroom are much the same as you would expect elsewhere in the school.
- Students arrive on time and line up outside of the classroom
- Students are ready to learn with the correct books/equipment in every lesson
- Class work/Homework is completed fully and handed in at the correct time
- Students should, with their teacher’s help, always try their best to improve each lesson.
- ‘Teachers are allowed to teach so students are allowed to learn’: Disruptive behaviour will be dealt with with appropriate measures from the Ready to Learn policy.
- Exercise and texts books must be treated with respect and not doodled/scribbled on
- All class/homework should be of the best standard possible, with dates/titles underlined.
- Blue or Black ink only please (Biro/ballpoint/ink pen)
A note about pens…
I often find it (slightly) amusing that, despite the number of bags many students in all years carry around with them in school, not one of these bags contains a pen.The basic black/blue bic biro should be standard issue equipment for every student in the school; much time is wasted handing out ‘spare pens’ for students who simply haven’t brought one. A CFC (cause for concern) mark is given to the student for this, but is very easily avoided – Bring a pen to school.
‘Being ready to learn’: Other useful equipment.
Beyond the pen; useful items in a pencil case include; pencils, ruler, eraser, sharpener, colours, highlighters and spare pens.
The English dept is very well stocked with these items; however, I firmly believe independent learning skills begin with the student taking ownership of the equipment they bring into the classroom with them.
Extracurricular opportunities/enrichment in English
ESB: In year 7 and 9 all students are entered free of charge into the internationally recognised ESB examination. This gives all students the chance to pick up an accredited qualification in Speaking and Listening skills to add to their portfolio/record of achievement in year 11.
The exam is taken in the school day and is externally assessed by a visiting UK examiner. Students are taught the ESB syllabus in class groups and are assessed over the course of the week. Year 9 are assessed in November and Year 7 exams are in June.
For further detail please check out the link below.
La Mare de Carteret High school has entered and achieved highly in the past in the Rotary Club Youth Speaks public speaking competition; although we did not enter a team for 2012; we hope to enter for next January and look forward to recapturing some of the success of previous years. Teams consist of three year 10 students with the competition taking place in St James.
Schools Shakespeare Festival:In conjunction with the Drama dept; the English dept is very proud to have links with this prestigious festival held at the performing arts centre in November; Romeo and Juliet; Hamlet and Julius Caser have all be performed by students at La Mare de Carteret High School; and I look forward to being involved with Mr Dodd in producing Othello this year.
Staff who teach English at La Mare de Carteret High School :
Mr G. Thomas – Head of Department
Miss S. Devoil – 2nd in English
Miss J. Mckeown
Miss D. Mynes
Mr D. Stumpf
Mrs K. Vaudin
We have high expectations for all our children and young people
The English curriculum enables them to become:
are we trying
|Responsible Citizens||Effective Contributors||Successful Learners||Confident Individuals|
Examples of how the curriculum enables student’s to achieve these characteristics:
|Work is based in real life scenarios allowing for students to think about how they can responsible for aspects of :|
• healthy eating (yr 7)
• how they feel about their community (yr 8)
• how other people have survived difficult situations (yr 9)
|Opportunities to collaborate and work together on group projects (survival guides and travel writing articles)|
Peer feedback used frequently to allow students to contribute to each others’ learning and assessment
|PPP and DIRT marking used throughout the curriculum to give students the chance to take responsibility for their own learning.|
WAGOLL used throughout class room displays to show students what success looks like
Use of student led success criteria to allow students to create their own sense of what they need to do next (WWW/EBI)
|Chances throughout the curriculum for students to discuss and create their own questions for tasks
Differentiated question and answer sessions through ‘random’ pick of students allowing for all students to contribute to class discussions