English is taught using an integrated approach, with programs combining elements from the 3 strands, Literature, Language and Literacy, to maintain and improve the standards of achievement in English.
Our teachers collaborate to plan comprehensive and innovative programs. In every class we have a dedicated literacy block, a time for focusing on all the different aspects of English- Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Viewing.
We have implemented a whole school approach to Writing called “Talk for Writing”. Talk for Writing is a contemporary model for teaching writing that incorporates what research says works most effectively, such as explicit instruction, modelling, giving rich feedback and students self-assessing. There are 3 stages to the process:
- Imitation – students learn a model text through making a story map and learning it orally first, along with actions. This helps students to learn patterns – patterns such as text structure, sentence structure and language features.
- Innovate – students adapt this model text by substituting, altering and adding.
- Invent – students draw on what they have learnt about the text, language and ideas to create their piece of writing.
Teaching in the early years reflects explicit teaching of phonological and phonemic awareness skills and oral language skills to strengthen the development of foundation literacy skills. From Kindergarten to Year 2 this approach is consolidated through the implementation of the Preventing Literacy Difficulties resources.
In our Year 3 to Year 6 classes, teachers use Words Their Way, a student centred approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development.