English incorporates the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
The study of English helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers, and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society and plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes, and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.
The Victorian English Curriculum aims to ensure that students;
- learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
- appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
- understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
- develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature
We endeavour to do this through:
- the explicit teaching of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills
- the use of formal and informal assessment
- the analysis of student data
- a targeted F-2 oral language focus
- the use of intervention where necessary
Programs that complement our teaching of English include:
- Little Learners Love Literacy - a sequential, explicit program focusing on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary and linking the teaching of reading, spelling and writing used in Foundation and Grade 1. This program will be implemented in grade 2 from 2024.
- Words Their Way - a phonetic approach to learning spelling used in grades 3 to 6.
- Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) - a reading intervention program.