English forms not only an essential and vital part of the curriculum at Carterton Community College but it is also a very vibrant, creative department. Years 7, 8 and 9 enjoy their lessons in very flexible sets (where students move up and down according to need), class sizes vary and we are very lucky that our lower sets have smaller numbers so that we can meet their Literacy needs. Regardless of the set taught all of our English teachers are trained in differentiation to a high level. Years 10 and 11 are taught in ability sets which are devised using the data from their predicted, targeted and working at grades. The National Curriculum is designed to ensure that students have a wealth of skills to be used in their future lives. The specification that we use at GCSE is AQA and we believe that this specification offers students the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our language, both written and spoken. All students from 2015 will take English Language and Literature.
We teach the central skills through a varied and lively curriculum ranging through drama, non-fiction, poetry, media and novels. Students will be expected to write in a range of genres and text types in order to demonstrate their improving literacy skills and also prepare them thoroughly for external examination. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on the students’ achievements from primary school as well as introducing new skills and new contexts. Each year group studies six different units. We are a team dedicated to our learners. All GCSE students are equipped with a folder full of course-related materials, allowing us to promote a more independent style of learner in preparation for further study or organisation for a career after school. The ICT within our English classrooms allows us to teach in a more relevant and interactive way, (use of mobiles, ipads and laptops). We work closely with the school Library and KS3 have planned and scheduled lessons in the library.