Step up to English helps Entry Level students build basic ad relevant literacy skills and is suitable for studnets of all ages. It offers two ‘Steps’: Silver Step (Entry Level 1 and 2) and Gold Step (Entry Level 3) so we can build pupils’ confidence and provide access to the new GCSEs.
This qualification is non-examination based which means all of the assessment will be completed by the teacher in school. This will help to support those students who struggle with formalised assessments. It also mirrors the skills needed in the English Langauge GCSE so if pupils make progress to the GCSE then the transition is a smooth one as the foundation of skills begins here.
The specification offers two components in both steps, which each assess reading and writing. Spoken language is included in Component 1 and contributes to the overall mark.
Each component thematically links reading and writing and supports high-quality provision and engaging teaching and learning.
Component 1 is ‘Literacy Topics’ which requires students to complete a number of tasks based around a particular theme. Pupils will need to complete two of these Components, both of which will also include an assessment of their Spoken Language in a small group and individual presentation. In addition, they will be assessed on their ability to explain their ideas and write in formats such as letters, newspapers, emails etc.
Component 2 is ‘Creative Reading and Writing’ which focuses more on literature and tests the pupils’ understanding of the language used in literary and literary non-fiction texts. Pupils will also be required to write creatively, using description and their imagination.
How it’s taught
Independent work Small group work Discussion Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Exercises Speaking and Listening Exercises
19th/20th/21st Century Literary and Non-fiction texts, Creative Writing, Persuasive Writing, Comprehension, Formal Writing, Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Speaking and Listening.opic Areas
Homework There will be homework throughout this course, largely around Comprehension, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tasks as this is a large part of their assessment.