English Syllabus - Year 1 Entry

Programme of study:


Students should:
  1.     Have read a range of materials and ‘use their knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to the meaning.’
  2.     Increase their ability to read challenging and lengthy texts independently.
  3.     Make connections between different parts of the texts, look for meaning beyond the literal and be able to use inference and deduction e.g. how stories begin and end, what has been included/omitted in information writing.
  4.     Recognize the choice, use and effect of figurative language and vocabulary; be able to identify how character and setting are used, and consider poetic forms and their effect and recognize the differences between author, narrator and character.
  5.     Identify different ways of constructing sentences and their effect.


 Students should
  1.     Use features of layout, presentation and organization effectively. They should know how to plan, draft, revise, proofread, present and discuss.
  2.     Be able to imagine and explore feelings and ideas, to inform and explain, to persuade focusing on how language is used and on how to interest the reader. Choose from and content to suit a particular purpose. Use language and style that are appropriate to the reader.
  3.     Identify a range of forms of writing which should include: narratives, poems, opinions, reviews, reports, journalistic writing and auto/biography.

Language structure:

 Students should:
  1.     Have a good understanding of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, articles.
  2.      Be able to recognize and use different types of sentences including statements, questions and commands, complex sentences, including clauses, phrases and connectives.
  3.      Have a good understanding of the purposes of paragraphs and punctuation, including commas, apostrophes for contractions and possession.

Range of writing      
  •     Fiction/Non-fiction
  •     Fantasy/adventure
  •     Book Blurbs
  •     Spy/thriller/mystery
  •     Biography/Autobiogrpahy
  •     Poetry
  •     Adventure
  •     Journalistic writing
  •     Reprots
  •     Plays
  •     Flashbacks

The level of the paper is based on the Keystage 2 standards for Literacy in the UK.

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Native / Near-Native and Non-Native Exams
Year Native / Near-Native Non-Native
2021 Native 2021 English Speakers Non-Native 2021 English Speakers
2020 Native 2020 English Speakers Non-Native 2020 English Speakers
2019 Native 2019 English Speakers Non-Native 2019 English Speakers
2018 Native 2018 English Speakers Non-Native 2018 English Speakers
2017 Native 2017 English Speakers Non-Native 2017 English Speakers
2016    Non-Native 2016 English Speakers
2015  Native 2015 English Speakers  Non-Native 2015 Engish Speakers
2014  Native 2014 English Speakers  Non-Native 2014 English Speakers
2013  Native 2013 English Speakers  Non-Native 2013 English Speakers
2012  Native 2012 English Speakers  Non-Native 2012 English Speakers
2011  Native 2011 English Speakers  Non-Native 2011 English Speakers
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