“The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It 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.”
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
At Beaumaris Primary School, we believe that literacy provides the foundation for success in learning and life. It is also the key to accessing learning in all other curriculum areas.
The delivery of the 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.
The Early Years of schooling is seen as an important time for the development of basic literacy skills. The focus is building and developing skills that enable students to decode texts with increasing accuracy, focusing on their comprehension. Students from Prep to Year 4 are exposed to a variety of genres in writing, developing a range of skills to construct texts for different audiences and purposes. They are exposed to a wide range of literature, that allows them to develop enjoyment and further deepen their understanding of how texts are constructed.
The Middle Years of schools focuses on the deepening of students’ understandings about literacy and literature. Students in Years 5 and 6 extended to delve deeper into their understanding of genre, reading a range of text types from a range of sources. They are given strategies that assist them to comprehend increasingly complex themes and issues, preparing them for literacy beyond primary school. Students continue to construct texts of varying text types, further consolidating their understanding of the skills and strategies used to enhance the content.
At Beaumaris Primary School, our approach to English aims to ensure that students:
Understand the ways in which language varies accord to context, purpose, audience and content,
Develop a knowledge of the linguistic patterns used to construct different texts
Appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and devrlop a sense of richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
Critically analyse the texts they encounter, particularly as they grow up in a world surrounded by information in print and online
Julie Shepherd – English Consultant presented an information morning for our Foundation parents. Julie’s presentation covered how to assist your child in literacy during their Foundation year. For a copy of the presentation handout – please click here.