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In Lower School English students are assessed against the Judging Standards. These are divided into strands: Reading and Viewing, Writing and Creating, and Speaking and Listening. Every assessment that students complete, focuses on at least one of these strands. Each year, students are assessed on each strand at least twice.
In the Reading and Viewing strand, students will learn how text structures can influence the complexity of a text and are dependent on audience, purpose and context. In their learning, they will begin to master an understanding of how the choice of language features, images and vocabulary creates and affects meaning and how these elements are used to represent different ideas and issues in texts.
In the Writing and Creating strand, students begin by learning how the selection of a variety of language features can influence an audience. By the end of Year 10 students will be able to show how the selection of language features can achieve precision and stylistic effect. They will explain the effectiveness of language choices they make to influence the audience. Students are encouraged to draw on personal knowledge, textual analysis and other sources to express or challenge a point of view.
In the Speaking and Listening strand, students will listen for and explain different perspectives in texts, using this understanding to elaborate on discussions. They understand how the selection of a variety of language features can influence an audience. Students explain different viewpoints, attitudes and perspectives through the development of cohesive and logical arguments. They will work towards developing their own style by experimenting with language features, stylistic devices, text structures and images.