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Supporting your child to raise their attainment

  1. 1. Supporting your child to raise their attainment Standard Grade English
  2. 2. How do we arrive at the final grade? <ul><li>1/3 Reading: 3 folio pieces + exam </li></ul><ul><li>1/3 Writing: 2 folio pieces + exam </li></ul><ul><li>1/3 Talking: Solo and group, internally assessed </li></ul><ul><li>See handout: Standard Grade English Pupil Guide Sheet </li></ul>
  3. 3. What does the exam involve? <ul><li>Reading: 2 papers : General and Credit, or, General and Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Each worth 50 marks </li></ul><ul><li>50 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Unseen text with questions </li></ul><ul><li>No dictionaries or support materials </li></ul><ul><li>Writing: 1 paper: </li></ul><ul><li>1 hour 15 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Graded 1-6, same paper for all </li></ul><ul><li>Choose one essay </li></ul><ul><li>Writing for a range of purposes </li></ul>
  4. 4. Knowing where to target effort <ul><li>Work smart, not just hard </li></ul><ul><li>Self assessment and reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Prelim feedback </li></ul>
  5. 5. Close Reading strategies <ul><li>Newspapers / novels </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary games and activities ( Scrabble and Balderdash ) </li></ul><ul><li>Handout with info /strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Books: Bright Red book </li></ul>
  6. 6. Writing paper <ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Practise </li></ul><ul><li>Genre markers: handout </li></ul><ul><li>Success Criteria sheets </li></ul><ul><li>SPAG </li></ul>
  7. 7. Web resources <ul><li>http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/studyskills/index.asp </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/bitesize/standard/english/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/38989.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rhsenglish.com/p/s3s4-standard-grade.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.chompchomp.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.timesspellingbee.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kilmarnockacademy.co.uk/pupilenglish1of10.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: NairnEnglish </li></ul><ul><li>Nairn Academy website </li></ul>
  8. 8. Books and revision materials <ul><li>Language Skills booklets : £2.50 </li></ul><ul><li>Bright Red book : see publisher’s display </li></ul><ul><li>Past papers </li></ul><ul><li>How to Pass Standard Grade English </li></ul><ul><li>Yellow booklets </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reading lists <ul><li>http://www.thebookbag.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/14/14-plus-readers.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www5.scholastic.co.uk/zone/book_home.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/boost-your-skills/23628.html </li></ul>
  10. 10. What parents can do… <ul><li>Help your son/daughter organize a study timetable and develop a study/revision routine. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that he/she has the opportunity to study and revise. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that he/she has a suitable study environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that he/she is exposed to the types and levels of language that will be encountered in the exam. In simple terms, they should have access to literature, “quality” newspapers, TV documentaries/the news and TV drama/ even Wildlife on One! </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and discuss the work they are covering – don't settle for “fine” but get them to explain things to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide encouragement. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide incentives and sanctions. </li></ul><ul><li>Help to motivate by identifying career/FE options and by establishing entry requirements for these as early as possible so they have an incentive, a target and a tangible reward. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your children about their set homework and be aware of ongoing homework and deadlines </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some useful study /revision tips <ul><li>Always remember the positive reasons for doing homework/ revision (e.g. pride, satisfaction, achievement, self-development, confidence, knowledge, opportunity, job-choice, freedom...... and money). </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a routine and develop the self-discipline to stick to that routine. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't do too much of one subject at the one time. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a break - but make sure that you have done something to deserve it! </li></ul><ul><li>Get the least pleasant tasks out of the way first - save the more interesting activities till last. </li></ul><ul><li>Do your homework and revision as early as possible (e.g. from 4pm till 5pm or 6pm till 7pm) so that you have some leisure time to look forward to. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete homework activities at least a day before the deadline. </li></ul><ul><li>Break revision down into manageable segments - it's better to do small amounts on a regular basis than try to learn it all at once. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The next stage… <ul><li>Higher entrance grades: credit in reading and writing elements </li></ul><ul><li>3-4 hours homework per week, outside class </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to work independently </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Love of literature </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediate or Higher over 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>Careers and university entrance </li></ul>
  13. 13. Any Questions?

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