At St. Mary’s we see Literacy as central to all learning as it helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens.

Students are engaged in reading, oral language and writing activities.  The children are exposed to a large range of written, visual and spoken texts in printed and electronic forms. Teachers develop the student’s knowledge, skills and strategies enabling them to read, view and listen critically and to think, speak and write with confidence.

Teachers use ongoing assessment data to make informed decisions about the needs of students. As a result, explicit teaching targets the area of need for the individual student; and the students are guided in the areas in which they need to improve.


The English Curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Develop in students the ability to listen, speak, read, view and write effectively with confidence, purpose and enjoyment.
  • 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.
  • Integrate literacy where possible in our inquiry units to ensure our experiences are real, hands-on and challenging for our students.
  • Expose children to a variety of language styles to develop an understanding and appreciation of audience, purpose and structure.
  • Develop in students the ability to understand, discuss and begin to critically analyse texts.
  • Provide an inclusive program catering for the diversity of our students.

The English programme at St Mary's is supported by:

  • Daily Literacy programs
  • Literacy leader
  • Reading Recovery and ERIK programs
  • Professional learning teams for all levels
  • Contemporary learning tools
  • Speech Pathology - (Catholic Education Office and a private school Speech therapist)


Reading intervention:

Reading Recovery is an intervention program for students who require additional support in reading. Children who begin Year 1 below the expected level in reading have the opportunity for one-on-one intensive reading assistance through the Reading Recovery.