Key Stage 4 Exam Revision
Key stage 2 into Key stage 3: Current performance
When students in Year 7 are given their first current performance level for English, it would appear on raw data that some students have performed below their Key Stage 2 level, the level that they ‘came in’ on. However, this is not actually the case as there are several differences between the way that Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 Levels are awarded.
At Key Stage 3, students are marked against 8 separate assessment foci for written work, 7 separate assessment foci for reading work and 4 separate assessment foci for Speaking and Listening work. This means that their skills are assessed against a wider set of criteria and some of the assessment foci will have changed from Key Stage 2 to 3, for example quality of handwriting is no longer assessed. This means that students’ Key Stage 3 English Levels reflect a wider range of skills.
Example: Assessing Writing
At Key Stage 2, in written work, students are marked on 5 areas:
At Key Stage 3, for written work, students are marked against 8 assessment foci:
A student who has achieved a level 5 at Key stage 2 is working really well, but the criteria for that Level 5 has become more specific at the Key Stage 3.
KS2 Level 5
KS3 Level 5 (AF8)
Can use a range of strategies to spell words accurately.
Correct spelling of grammatical function words, almost all inflected words, most derivational suffixes and prefixes, most content/lexical words
Likely errors: occasional phonetically plausible spelling of unstressed syllables in content words
Double consonants in prefixes
Useful Websites for KS3 English
Year 7 English Topics
A broad overview of the year.
• Exploring poetry
• Drama module: 'Shipwrecked' based on 'The Tempest' by Shakespeare.
• Reading skills
• Gothic tour
• Examining Gothic writing
• Reading a novel
• The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond
• End of Year 7 assessment
Year 8 English Topics
A broad overview of the year.
Drama unit: Hamlet
Media unit: Advertising
Exploring a novel
End of Year 8 assessment
Year 9 English Topics
• Students will begin to be assessed in GCSE grades to facilitate the transition into Key Stage 4.
• Exploring a play
• Media unit: representation / genre conventions
• Drama unit: Pantomime
• Exploration of a Shakespeare text, which includes controlled assessment preparation.
• Argue / Persuade: 'How to Improve the School'
• Narrative writing
• Poetry exploration
End of Year 9 Assessment
Key Stage 3 Homework
Each student in Year 7 and 8 will be given a KS3 workbook. Their English teacher will be setting homework tasks for them via www.showmyhomework.co.uk. The student will be able to access this within/ after the school day at homework club or during the library opening hours.(ICT4)
Recommended Reading List (KS3)
All texts are avalaible in the School Library
‘Dark Man’ * - Lancet
IHero * - Barlow & Skidmore
IHorror* - Barlow & Skidmore
Superhero* - D.C Comics
Anything by Helen Orme
Graphic Revolve ... Series of Classic Novels in graphic form
Skullduggery Pleasant * - Landy
Magyk* - Sage
Dead Man’s cove- St John
Broken Soup – Valentine
Life on the Refrigerator Door – Kuipers
Blade Series * - Bowler
Artemis Fowl – Colfer
Tales of Terror from the Black Ship – Priestley
A Dog for Life – Matthews
A Year without Autumn – Kessler
The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd
My Name is Mina – David Almond
Boom – Mark Haddon
Any Book By Kevin Brooks
Knife – Anderson
Gone* – Grant
Ingo* – Dunmore
Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
I am Number 4 –Lore
Power of 6 - Lore
The Secret Garden – Burnett
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – Lewis
Black Beauty – Sewell
Swallows & Amazons * - Ransome
Mr Creecher – Chris Priestley
Gifted & Talented Policy
Year 7 is a fresh start for all students; those who may not have excelled previously will have new opportunities to succeed. We feel that Year 7 should begin with a level playing field and that each individual student should be judged on their performance within the context of their new English class.
Year 7 Gifted and Talented students will be identified in the January of Year 7, so that there is a body of assessment to display their skills in the three aspects of English: Reading, Writing and Drama/Speaking and Listening. This judgement will not take into account their KS2 data, only their current performance. The students who achieve Level 5A and above in any of the 3 assessed aspects will be identified as Gifted and Talented in that particular area of English.
The criteria for Gifted and Talented students in Year 8 will be those who have achieved and are working at a Level 6B and above in any of the 3 assessed aspects of English, by January of Year 8. They will be identified as Gifted and Talented in that particular strand of English. This list will replace the list of those students who were previously identified in Year 7.
The criteria for Gifted and Talented students in Year 9 will be those who have achieved and are working at a Level 7C and above in any of the 3 assessed aspects of English, by January of Year 9. They will be identified as Gifted and Talented in that particular strand of English. This list will replace the list of those students who were previously identified in Year 8.
Throughout the academic year there will be a series of enrichment opportunities available for our Gifted and Talented learners, as well as differentiated assessments to allow them to showcase their skills.
As you are aware, this year we are running two trips to London. Letters have now been sent to all students who expressed an interest, detailing if they have gained a place or not. Unfortunately, not all students are able to go. Students were selected at random and they were not chosen based on any criteria.
We are really pleased with the response from students and parents and are sorry we cannot accommodate more!
New GCSE Specification: first teaching from September 2015 ( Exam Entry 2017).
GCSE Revision Links