The National Curriculum levels for English range from 1- 8. At St Aloysius we use the following sublevels, not the A, B, C used at many primary schools:
For example, a student on 5L is a low level 5, 5S is a secure level 5 and 5H is at the top of level 5.
St. Aloysius' will retain the use of levels at KS3.
National English level expectations:
At the end of primary school (KS2) the average level of achievement for English is Level 4. By the end of Key Stage Three (year 9) the average national level of achievement is level 5-6. Students beginning KS3 already at a level 5 are already making excellent progress. Students starting St Aloysius on Level 3 may be offered extra literacy support by the SEN (Special Educational Needs), EAL (English as an Additional Language) and/or English departments. Different programmes are run at different times such as one-to-one tutoring and the Premiership Reading Stars programmes. The Year 7 Saturday Academy is also offered to students who need extra literacy support.
Awarding levels for KS3 English is a complex process. The students are assessed on three different strands throughout the year which all have numerous different Assessment Focuses:
1) Speaking and Listening
Student's levels fluctuate as they may be more skilled at reading, writing or speaking and listening: this is perfectly normal.
Term levels reflect the student's progress that term and are an average of the different assessment pieces.
APs (assessment points): there are 4 main assessment points during the year:
Reading and extra resources:
One English lesson a week is dedicated to reading to help students build their awareness of different styles, genres, cultures and contexts; and to expand vocabulary. We cannot stress enough that the students who read (both fiction and non-fiction) on a regular basis are the students who do extremely well at exam level. Students should be reading every day. Our librarian, Mrs Cox, is very happy to help students select books.
Reading lists and a list of helpful websites are all available on our webpage:
All good bookshops and www.amazon.co.uk, have a large range of books which can help students to improve by doing extra work at home. It is best to buy books which focus on the level your son/ward is currently on and one or two levels above e.g. achieving level 3-4. Check that the study guide, such as CGP or BBC Bitesize, has a range of activities. Extra literacy help on spelling, punctuation and grammar is always helpful. In the students’ planners there are pages at the back with key spellings and grammatical explanations which could be used for tests at home.
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