20150929_114418English 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.

Teaching Staff
Mrs J Cobb Teacher
Miss M Cox Teacher, Second in English & Media Faculty
Mrs V Middleton Teacher, Head of English and Media Faculty
Mrs H Owen Teacher
Mrs S Phillips Teacher, Second in Culture, Music & Sport Faculty
Mrs H Ross-McCue Teacher, Second in English & Media Faculty Acting Assistant Headteacher
KS3 Curriculum

We have mapped our curriculum to meet the needs of the students, the National Curriculum, the community and to ensure they find the transition from Keys stage 2-3, 3-4 and KS4-5. You will find attached the curriculum maps and what topic your child will study each term.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 1 Introductory phase 2 weeks baseline

Creative writing
  • Heroes/Villains
  • 19th C Literary monsters
  • (Dracula Frankenstein)
  • All WAFS to be assessed in first term to measure where they are.
Term 2 Persuasive writing
  • Dragon’s den apprentice
  • Charity campaign
  • WAF 1/2/7
  • RAF 3/4
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 3 C 19th or modern novels
  • RAF 4/5/6
Term 4 Shakespeare snippets
  • Contrast/context of openings
  • Library has simplified prose versions
  • WAF 1/5
  • RAF2/3/5
  • Stratford Visit
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 5 Poetry
  • RAF 4/5/6
  • WAF 1/3/4/5/7
Term 6 Handwriting assessment
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 1 Holidays and travel Non-fiction writing
  • Teaching PEE
  • Produce holiday leaflet
  • Comparisons
  • Wildlife park trip – Produce tourist info leaflet on return
  • WAF 2/3/7
  • RAF 2/3/5
Term 2 Dicken’s novel
  • Oliver Twist or Great Expectations
  • Write a review
  • WAF 2/6
  • RAF 2/5/6/7
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 3 Shakespeare Drama
  • Speaking and listening
  • Macbeth
  • MSND
Term 4 Culture
  • Poetry and recreations
  • Unseen poem
  • S&L present your culture you have researched
  • Experience Speakers, African drummers, Food Music, Theatre
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 5 30 mins unseen poetry
Term 6 Media
  • Adverts
  • Introduction of GAP
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 1 Fiction-Literature
  • Synoptic module
  • Children in Literature
  • Extracts from – Jane Eyre, Tom sawyer, The Secret Garden, Oliver Twist, Dustbin, Baby, Baby and Fly Pie, Walk About, His Dark Materials, Swallows and Amazons
  • Extended Reading – Knife of Never Letting Go, Treasure Island, The Coral Island
Term 2 Room 101
  • Non- Fiction
  • Writing focus – (persuade) and speaking and listening – individual presentation
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 3 Shakespeare
  • Comedy of errors
  • Much Ado About Nothing
Term 4 Sherlock Holmes
  • Infer and deduce
  • Murder Mystery
Handwriting assessment Handwriting assessment
Term 5 GCSE Unseen poetry
  • Poems from the Anthology
  • Conflict or Relationships
Term 6 Animal Farm
  • Extended Writing
KS4 Qualifications

Students will study English language and English Literature at GCSE and will get a qualification in both. As well as this they will get a certificate in Spoken language. The English specification has recently changed and therefore so has our curriculum map for the year. This is attached.

KS5 Qualifications

The study of A level literature has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and the connections that exist between texts within a literary genre. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways in order that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for exams, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for further study in the subject.

The specification taught at Carterton Community College encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways:

  • the study of literature within a specific genre
  • the study of various texts, chosen from a set text list
  • writing about texts in a number of different ways.

Working with genre involves looking at ways in which authors shape meanings within their texts. It also involves thinking about a wide range of relevant contexts, some of them to do with the production of the text at the time of its writing, some (where possible) to do with how the text has been received over time, and most of all in this specification contexts to do with how the text can be interpreted by readers now. Looking at texts as generic works involves connecting individual texts with others, as the whole idea of genre is a connective one. And finally, because genres and their qualities are not fixed, this means that interpretation is not fixed, and that multiple interpretations are possible. The flexibility offered by the choice of genres and texts ensures that we have the freedom to create a coherent course of study for our students.

SMSC / Enrichment

Naturally our subject blends itself nicely to all aspects of SMSC and we pride ourselves on ensuring students have a cultural, moral and social understanding of the community they live in and the ones around them and further afield. Trips, competitions and workshops are built into our department calendar and we aim to ensure that all students have visited the theatre or a place of literary interest before they finish their education at Carterton Community College throughout one year.


Staff at Carterton Community College are committed to developing the literacy skills of all of our students, which also includes speaking and listening, with the belief that it will support, extend and enrich their learning whilst maintaining high standards across the curriculum.

English homework