Key Stage 3
The English National Curriculum is divided into ‘Key Stages’ which are broadly aligned to particular age groups and the general ability of children in each age group to learn and retain written and spoken language. However, all the stages share a common focus on the core skills of speaking, reading, comprehension and writing with particular attention being paid to spelling and grammar.
One of the great advantages of Accents is that our small class sizes enable each child to work at their own pace and our teacher to identify the particular learning needs of each child. If a child has specific difficulties we take time to diagnose the problem and, with the help of parents, support the child to overcome this.
Throughout all the Key Stages, parents have a vital role to play in encouraging their children to speak, read and write English and all Accents children are regularly given small pieces of homework to be undertaken with the support of parents.
Children embarking on Key Stage 3 of the English National Curriculum will generally be 11 years old and, if they were living in the UK, would be starting secondary school. By this stage children should already have developed a broad range of skills to ensure that they can speak clearly and confidently, and have a good level of basic literacy.
Throughout Key Stage 3, Accents builds on these ‘foundation’ skills to enable children to understand and produce increasingly complex texts.
Children will become used to reading a broad range of different types of texts and be able to identify and explain how authors use different linguistic devices (e.g. metaphor, simile, alliteration) to create a particular impression or encourage the reader to accept a particular point of view (e.g. newspaper articles). In this way children develop a ‘tool box’ to help them analyse other people’s written work and also to produce their own work.
Children are also encouraged to become more critical in their reading; producing more complex and well balanced arguments to justify why they like/don’t like a piece of work.
Children continue to have regular spelling tests, develop a broader and more complex vocabulary and engage actively in class discussion and debate.
Children are increasingly expected to read ‘whole’ novels (provided by Accents and appropriate to their age group) and to share their thoughts and opinions about these books in class. We also have a range of books that children can borrow to read at home and can recommend ‘good’ books for your child to read.
For more detailed information about the national curriculum key stages click here.
For more information please feel free to contact us so we can arrange for you to talk to our teacher.
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