TEACHING CURRICULUM 📖

How do we teach our students and expected learning outcomes 🔽

Our students are taught according to the UK education system, which is mapped to the international system – CEFR.

For students wishing to compare the Russian education system –ЕГЭ comes at AS level, whereas ОГЭ comes at GCSE level. However, for internationally accepted examinations, students must be at A2 level or equivalent to successfully obtain good grades.

What are “good grades” – This is a matter of academic judgement; however commonly accepted scores are 7.5 for IELTS or 100 for TOEFL overall.

From the start, our students are trained to improve their skills and not just learn the question format. This encourages independent thinking and critical self-evaluation process, which is essential for proficient user of English language.

 

education system of the UK

UK SCHOOL EDUCATION SYSTEM

Early Years (Reception) 🧸

Listening and attention: 

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding: 

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking: 

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events 

Reading: 

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some

common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Writing: 

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Key Stages 1-4 ✨

Key Stage, is a skills attainment level defined by school year, where certain literacy skills (reading writing, listening and speaking)  are achieved. 

Key Stage 1

This is taught to children aged between 5 and 7, during Years 1 and 2. 

At the end of Year 2, children will sit their SATs (Standardised Assessment Tasks), which are national tests. These tests assess the academic ability of children in the key subjects of maths and English. Separate teacher assessments also determine how well each child is doing. Parents are sent a copy of the teacher assessments and can request that the school sends them the test results. SATs are not structured in a ‘pass’ and ‘fail’ way, but are a tool for government to measure national standards of learning and for schools to appraise how well each pupil is doing. 

Key Stage 2

This is taught to children aged between 7 and 11, during Years 3 to 6. 

At the end of Year 6, children take their SATs, and much of their final year at primary school focuses on ensuring they know and understand all of the previous years of education. KS2 SATs were overhauled in 2016 to become more difficult (see further reading for a link to more details). The test assess children’s abilities in reading, maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

Unlike the KS1 SATs, at KS2 the tests which children take are set and marked externally, so that the results are used to measure the school’s performance (removing any possibility of bias). Each child’s results are used together with their teacher’s assessment to offer parents a broader picture of their attainment and academic ability.

The tests are taken in May, and parents receive the results, plus the teacher assessments, in July.

Key Stage 3

When children progress to secondary school, they begin with KS3, during Years 7 to 9 when they are 11 to 14 years of age.

Key Stage 3 covers the first three years of secondary education. The curriculum at this stage involves core statutory subjects, where religious education and sex education must be included.

Key Stage 4

Children aged between 14 and 16 in Years 10 to 11 are taught at KS4 level, which is the final stage of the school curriculum. The assessment for KS4 involves children sitting GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations, or other national qualifications.

For detailed documentation on how the school and adult program has been structured, please download the PDF document, which explains each level together with LO (Learner Outcomes)

IELTS / TOEFL/ OET ✅

Required level GCSE (KS4+)

 

Our school also prepares for the Unified Russian State School Examinations. Essentially most skills applicable for IELTS are employed in a secondary school setting. Key skills are:- Gist, listening for details, comprehension skills, prediction. letter writing and multiple choice questions. These skill elements are spread across reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

It is generally considered to be successful in the exam i.e. to get 86 points or higher, the student must be proficient in intermediate or upper intermediate level, which is similar to Cambridge FCE (First Certificate), i.e. according to UK GCSE (Key Stage 4 or higher)

ЕГЭ (Английский) 🇷🇺

Our school also prepares for the Unified Russian State School Examinations. Essentially most skills applicable for IELTS are employed in a secondary school setting. Key skills are:- Gist, listening for details, comprehension skills, prediction. letter writing and multiple choice questions. These skill elements are spread across reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

It is generally considered to be successful in the exam i.e. to get 86 points or higher, the student must be proficient in intermediate or upper intermediate level, which is similar to Cambridge FCE (First Certificate), i.e. according to UK GCSE (Key Stage 4)