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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

English Year 7


Self and peer assessment is greatly encouraged amongst students. Using the school's 3 phase marking policy allows students to become better reflective learners.  The green pens used are an added bonus.

Topics studied

The units of work covered in Year 7 English are:

    • A novel (eg Boy, Wonder)
    •  A play (e.g. The Demon Headmaster, Hot Cakes)
    • Poetry
    • Pre 1900 literature (eg The Canterbury Tales, The Lady of Shalott)
    • Study of the fairytale genre (e.g. Changing Stories, The Princess Bride)
    • Aspects of the Media (eg advertising)
    • A variety of writing purposes (e.g. to inform, explain, describe)


The skills learnt in English are linked to the skills relevant to GCSE. For reading they will develop skills to do with information retrieval, inference and deduction, analysis of language, structural and presentational features of texts. For writing they will develop skills to do with writing a range of different text types, organising texts effectively, varying sentence structures for effect, technical accuracy, spelling and vocabulary.

Setting arrangements

Students are taught in mixed ability groups.

Class sizes

Class sizes are usually between 25 and 30 students. .


Homework is advised to be set once weekly and varies greatly depending on the work set. Homework is vital to the progress of the student and must be done to the best of the student’s ability and done on time. It enables the teacher to check and monitor the understanding of each student.

Assessment and Reporting

Students are monitored and assessed through the work they do in class and the homework handed in. A variety of aspects within English are used as assessment focuses to review our pupils’ individual strengths and weaknesses. Completed, marked work is stored in a folder in school as evidence for teacher assessment. The work in folders also informs reports to parents. At the end of the year, the students sit English exams, one for writing and one for reading. Results from these exams are used to track progress as well as inform future teachers of the pupil’s progress and will be reported to parents.

What is progress in English about?

At all levels, learning English is about learning to use language to express, explore and communicate our thoughts, ideas and feelings with others. We do this through speaking, listening, reading and writing and getting better at English means making progress in each of these areas.

What is teacher assessment?

Teacher assessment is an important part of everyday teaching and learning in the classroom. Your child’s teacher will be able to explain the range of formal and informal ways they use assessment to support your child’s progress. 

How parents/carers can help

Read with your daughter on a regular basis and encourage them to experience a range of genres and authors. Allow them to make use of library facilities in their area and to use the internet to develop research and reading skills. Encourage them to read a range of non-fiction material, including a newspaper. Help your daughter with spellings by keeping a log of difficult words and then test them at the end of the week. Encourage them to use a thesaurus when doing written work in order to expand their vocabulary. Above all else we ask that you continue to encourage and motivate your daughter in her study of English.