What are primary English classes? In primary school there are three intensive English classes, accommodating students with different levels of English: 1.Beginners class in English C (Mrs. Carpenter) 2.Elementary class in English A (Mrs. Arbon) How is it decided that my child goes to an English class? Pupils who do not get a sufficient percentage in the entrance test will be offered a place in one of our three primary English classes. The first two weeks are considered as a trial period. During this time the teacher observes the new student’s performance in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Upon the end of the first two weeks a final decision is made about the students’ placement. Then the students can be moved up or down the class depending on their level of English. Parents will be informed of any changes in writing or by telephone.
What will my child study in the English class? Your son/daughter will be working on his/her English intensively over the next few weeks. They will be continuing to study in their subject areas although the focus will be on the English used in those areas. The aim of this course is to help the children gain the English skills necessary to be able to participate in mainstream academic activities and to function effectively in the all-English environment at Rego School. Your English teacher will provide you with a Curriculum letter for the current term.
Students of what ages can join primary English classes? Primary English classes are a mixed-aged classes for students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. All studentsin each class have about the same level of English.
My son/daughter is the youngest/oldest in the class. Will he/she feel comfortable in a mixed-aged class? Yes, children learn in a co-operative atmosphere and are encouraged to support each other.
How long will my child stay in English class? The amount of time students stay in one particular English Class may vary between few weeks to few months but usually it takes one or two academic terms. At the end of the English course pupils sit a graduation test aiming to assess their progress in English. Students who pass the test will be moving up the level or joining mainstream classes beginning from the following term.
What is a graduation test? The graduation test is based on the London Test of English for Children at Level 2 in speaking and listening. Students are also tested in their reading and writing skills.
What other subjects will be taught in primary English classes apart from English? Who else will be teaching my child? In primary English classes students study the same subject areas as mainstream classes. The difference is that the key focus will be placed on the English language used in these subjects: ·Maths ·Science ·ICT ·Art ·Music (Specialist teacher) ·PE (Specialist teacher) ·Swimming (Specialist teacher) ·Chinese (Specialist teacher) English students are also supported by fully qualified Teaching Assistants throughout the day.
Will my child be able to join their mainstream classes during the week? Yes, English class students join their Year groups for Music and Chinese. They also have one hour of Golden Time in their form class.
Will my child take part in any primary school events while he/she is studying in the English class? Yes, English class students take part in whole school and primary school events, such as assemblies, productions, sports events, etc.
Last updated: September 2011
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