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KS3 English

Key Stage 3 (KS3) English

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:

  • H= High (A)
  • S= Secure (B)
  • L= Low (C)

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

2) Reading

3) Writing

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:

  • AP1= October
  • AP2=December Exams
  • AP3= Easter Term
  • AP4= Summer Exams (June)

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:

sta.islington.sch.uk/subjects/english/

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.

Term Dates

Term Dates

Spring Term 2017
Friday 31st March Last Day of Spring Term
Friday 14th April Good Friday
Monday 17th April Easter Monday
Summer Term 2017
Wednesday 19th April First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 26th May Last Day of Half Term
Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June Half Term Break
Monday 5th June First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 21st July Last Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Autumn Term 2017
Monday 4th September First Day of Autumn Term (Staff and Year 7 Pupils only) Year 7 to start school at 1pm
Tuesday 5th September First Day of Autumn Term (Years 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Friday 20th October Last Day of Half Term
Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October Half Term Break
Monday 30th October First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 21st December Last Day of Autumn Term
Spring Term 2018
Wednesday 3rd January First Day of Spring Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 9th February Last Day of Half Term
Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February Half Term Break
Monday 19th February First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 29th March Last Day of Spring Term
Friday 30th March - Friday 13th April Spring Term Break
Summer Term 2018
Monday 16th April First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 25th May Last Day of Half Term
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June Half Term Break
Monday 4th June First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 20th July Last Day of Summer Term

Social Media

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News & Events...

News & Events...

We have been informed of the death of an old Aloysian Mr Denis McGarry. Mr McGarry passed away on 1st Feb 2017, aged 87 years. His body will be received into church at 5.30pm on Wed 15th Feb 2017 at St. Joseph's, Highgate Hill. Following this, his mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's at 11am on Thursday 16th Feb 2017. May he rest in peace.

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FEBRUARY 2017

MARCH 2017

  • THU 9TH - YR 9 Parents' Evening, 4pm to 7pm
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  • MON 13TH - AP3 Internal Exams
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  • MON 20TH - AP3 Internal Exams
  • APRIL 2017

  • THU 20TH - YR 10 Parents' Evening, 4pm
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    JUNE 2017

  • MON 12TH - UCAS / Work Experience Week
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  • MON 19TH - UCAS / Work Experience Week
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  • MON 19TH - AP4 Internal Exams Week
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  • MON 26TH - AP4 Internal Exams Week
  • JULY 2017

  • MON 10TH - Enrichment Week
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  • FRI 14TH - Activities Day
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  • MON 17TH - Enrichment Week
  • AUGUST 2017

  • FRI 17TH - GCE Results Day and YR 13 Enrolment
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  • FRI 24TH - GCSE Results Day and YR 12 Enrolment