As well as being a key learning area in its own right, English has a wider role as a means of learning in all curriculum areas.
English is one of the seven Key Learning Areas in the school curriculum K-6. By studying, responding to and creating a variety of texts:
Children will learn to
- communicate effectively
- use language to make meaning according to their purpose, audience and context
- think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical
- express themselves and their relationships with others in their world, and
- reflect on their learning.
Students will value and appreciate the
- importance of English to learning
- personal enrichment to be gained from a love of English, literature and learning
- power of language
- role of language in developing positive relationships
- diversity and beauty of language, and
- independence gained from thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically.
Each day students will engage in:
- purposeful talk
- modelled reading and writing activities;
- shared reading and writing activities
- small group instructional reading and writing activities
- independent reading and writing.
Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention that provides one-to-one teaching for children who need greater assistance in learning to read and write following their first year of school. It is a daily, individualised program delivered by a specialist teacher that engages children in reading books and writing their own stories. It enhances classroom programs and enables children to quickly "catch up" to the average level of their class. Reading Recovery builds on the strengths of each child and encourages them to become independent, strategic readers and writers.