Just thought I would share dd's experience of English. At the end of year 6, she was a level 5 (weren't told a, b or c). She has always loved reading and had been a level 4 in year 3 (stayed a level 4 in year 5
). She slowly improved in year 7, reaching a level 6c at the end of the year, but was finding it difficult "to improve", with her teacher not really positively explaining what she needed to do to improve her level. Year 6 came, and what a difference. Her two English teachers explained very clearly how to improve her work to gain a higher level - she ended the year a level 7b. She has now started (year9) her gcse's a year early - will take the exam over three years and has just got a b+ (gcse level) for her latest piece of work.
She enjoys writing and critiquing on a website for people who write their own stories. She reads loads, anywhere and everywhere, kindle and non-kindle.
I think you can say that kids learning and improvement is not a slow steady line (hopefully) upwards. It can plateau and then very suddenly rise. Plus secondary is very different from primary - the curriculum being different, and much more expected of them at secondary.
countrymum, I'm sure things will be fine for your dd. My ds has recently started at secondary and I had forgotten the steep learning curve there is at the beginning. Even the fact that you have different teachers for different subjects, is something you need to get use to. Teachers are a very varied bunch and you have to get used to how they like things. I hope your dd continues to enjoy reading and writing.