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Work in class
All work in class is based upon the National Curriculum for English (end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2), as applied in England and Wales. We also apply the theory and practice of the National Literacy Strategy, which we update by regular staff training.Teachers work together in small teams on curriculum and lesson planning and refer explicitly in their work both to the National Curriculum and NLS. The primary Programme adapts the requirements of the Curriculum and the Strategy to suit our pupils, all of whom are in French schools, and most of whom receive no tuition in English outside their English National classroom.
The content and techniques of our English teaching remain close to current practice in England, to ensure that we retain high standards which will lead on, in the long term, to success in such examinations as GCSE English. The Programme does not carry out testing at the end of KS2. Instead, all pupils must pass an entrance test to be admitted to the English National secondary section.
Educational advisors from England inspect and train us regularly. The most recent inspection was in April, 2014.
A teacher assessment is given using National Curriculum levels.The National Curriculum, which we follow in both Primary and Secondary English, specifies what must be taught in England and Wales. It subdivides English into different subject areas, called Attainment Targets. These are: Spoken language, Reading, and Writing. For each Attainment Target there is a series of Level descriptors. These describe, on an 8-grade scale, the attainment which a child at each level is expected to have. Using these, work may be assessed formatively, working with the pupil on ways to improve, or summatively, assessing what the pupil is able to do in test conditions. ‘Summative assessments’ take the form of in-class reading, writing or spoken language assessments which are linked to National Curriculum levels. They are taken in exam conditions and pupils are not helped. The teachers compare marks to ensure that standards are the same across the groups.
As a rough guide, it is expected that most pupils in England or Wales, will reach Level 4 by the end of the primary phase. It must be remembered however, that our pupils are bilingual and are not expected to have learned to read and write in English before joining the Programme in CE1. In consequence, some pupils may initially under-perform in relation to expected attainment levels in the UK; this is generally very temporary and should not be a cause for concern.
The descriptors are used in your child’s report with an a, b or c attached. A ‘c’ indicates that a pupil is recently working at this level, a ‘b’ indicates that a pupil is secure at this level and an ‘a’ indicates that a child is occasionally working at the next level too. Pupils are expected to progress at least two sub levels per year.
More information on level descriptors can be found on the UK Department for Education website:
- Speaking & Listening: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary/b00198874/english/attainment/en1
- Reading: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary/b00198874/english/attainment/en2
- Writing: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary/b00198874/english/attainment/en3
Books and equipment
Teaching in class is based upon a variety of resources, and includes the use of course books. Some books used in class, such as class readers, are provided on loan free of charge. You will be asked to pay for any book which your child will write in, annotate, or that he or she must keep for future reference and revision. Charges made for such books are currently of the order of 30-40 euros per year. They are clearly shown on the Fees and Books page of this website, once this is posted/updated for the current year. This is usually done in September.
All other equipment, including audio-visual equipment and resources and computers are, of course, provided for your child’s use by the Programme or the Lycée/Collège.
In line with the practice in French secondary schools, we ask students to provide for themselves most paper and other stationery. Full details of what to buy are placed on this website in August/September.