English

Literacy is the ability to understand, respond to, and use forms of oral and written language that are required by society and valued by individuals and communities.

Literacy learning at our school is based on key beliefs and understandings.  We believe that all children can achieve high standards in literacy, given sufficient time and support.  We understand that focused teaching, engaged learning time and high expectations for all students impact on the literacy outcomes of all students.

Teachers plan literacy activities in which their students can develop knowledge and strategies for learning the written code of English, for making meaning, and for thinking critically.  The students also benefit from many and varied opportunities to develop and practise oral language in their classrooms.  The teacher develops their students’ awareness of how to use their knowledge and strategies in purposeful, enjoyable reading and writing, speaking and listening.

The students are actively involved in their own learning and assessment in literacy.  The teachers and students set goals and learning intentions, offering specific, constructive, and regular feedback and support, to ensure that assessment practices impact positively on students’ motivation to engage in literacy activities.