VICTORIA SHANGHAI ACADEMY

IB MYP YEAR 6 –English

2013-14

Please check the reading list hyperlink here to make sure you have everything you need for this year! Book List 2013-14-29May13

Aims

This course encourages and enables students to use language as a means of creative self-expression and to begin to develop an understanding of their own and other cultures.  Students will begin to look at how writing is shaped by purpose and how different text types are suitable for different tasks.  The course also addresses how poetry and literature plays an important role and encourages students to empathise with characters, both real and fictional.  Students will be encouraged to develop their language skills through the study of a variety of texts as well as looking directly at how language can be manipulated.

Students have six lessons per week and are assessed throughout the year on their content, organisation and use of style and language.

Students will have one supervised English reading period per week in which they may be private reading, taking part in literacy circles and having one to one support sessions with the teacher.

Assessment

 Students are assessed in the following ways:

  • Formative Assessment  – continuous throughout the year and involves both written and oral assessments, such as creative writing, analytical writing and oral presentations.  Formative assessment is intended to promote further improvement of student attainment.
  • Summative Assessment  – completed in examination conditions or in class over several periods. Summative assessment is intended to summarise student attainment at a particular time.
  • Self Assessment which is a vital component in learning.

“…students have to be active in their own learning (teachers cannot learn for them) and unless they come to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and how they might deal with them, they will not make progress.” (Harlen and James 1996)

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