Posts Tagged ‘english’

World Book Day Character Competition

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum, Wider Curriculum

“Trust Me, I’ve Read this Book!”

Today is World Book Day and the school is celebrating the event in several ways. Over the course of this week our Library is running a Guess the Character competition. Teachers are displaying clues on their doors and pupils have to guess the characters by asking the teachers any question they want about the character. Teachers can only answer Yes or No. English classes are having great fun trying to work out all of the various clues.


Cake for the Corpse Bride

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

S2 homework was to design a wedding cake for the Land of the Dead (The Corpse Bride). Connor Courts (2T1) and Beth Harrison (2S1) excelled themselves by actually baking cakes which were thoroughly enjoyed by the class.

Ms Pam Carmichael, Principal Teacher of English


Children’s Laureate Visit

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum, Important Announcements

On Monday 19 May Charleston Academy were fortunate to be visited by the prolific children’s author Malorie Blackman. Our S2 pupils, along with pupils from Alness Academy and Millburn Academy, were treated to a session in which Ms Blackman discussed a variety of topics, such as her role as Children’s Laureate, the things that inspired her to become an author and where she gets the ideas for her novels.

Ms Blackman also read excerpts from her new release Noble Conflict, a novel based in the world created in her seminal work Noughts and Crosses. Pupils were also given the opportunity to ask questions and Ms Blackman stayed to sign books after her presentation. The session was well received by all and our students were able to learn more about the art of writing from an author of truly global appeal.

Mr Sam Todd, English Department

S1 Poetry Day Winners

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On Thursday 3rd October, S1 English Classes held a poetry competition to mark national Poetry Day. The theme this year was water. Well done to the winners from each S1 class.

National Poetry Day 3rd October 2013

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

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The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day in Scotland is Water.

Scotland has 9,911 km of coastline and over 31,000 freshwater lochs, so, of course, water has always been a great inspiration to Scottish poets who, from the early Middle Ages to the present day, have been creating inspiring verse that captures the essence of our magnificent country.

To celebrate National Poetry Day 2013, S1 English classes will be taking part in a poetry quiz. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams who demonstrate both their knowledge of poetry and their skills in writing poetry.

These two poems explore the importance of water.

In the Gaelic poem ‘Rudan a ni uisge’, Maoilios Caimbeul writes of the importance of water to the natural scheme of our world. In ‘Rain’ Don Paterson sheds new light on a natural resource that we are all too familiar with here in Scotland.

Mrs Kay Storey, English Department

S1 Power Readers

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Our Class, 1E, won the S1 Power Readers, reading an average of 17 books each. The majority of the class completed bronze level and were on silver; others went even further and were on their gold level.

As a prize for reading the most books we won a trip out to the cinema to see a film of our choice. We chose Iron Man 3. The film was great! We were allowed to buy our own sweets or snacks but weren’t allowed to go over the top! We went to see the film on Tuesday 21st May with Mrs King, Mrs Cripps and Mrs Mackenzie.

We would like to thank our English teacher for encouraging us to win and Vue for letting us have a great morning out! The whole class agrees it was great fun.

Megan Meldrum (1T) and Samantha Cochrane (1T)

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