At St Mary’s, our English program provides the opportunity for all children to develop their capacity and extend their ability in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Our aim is to create confident, imaginative and critical thinking communicators, who enjoy the pleasures of reading and writing.

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 individual students and they are guided in the areas in which they need to improve.

The English Curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Develop their ability to listen, speak, read, view and write effectively with confidence, purpose and enjoyment.
  • Are provided with a language rich environment that promotes a culture of reading and writing.
  • Are provided with a program that integrates literacy into inquiry units to ensure experiences are meaningful, hands-on and challenging.
  • Develop their ability to understand, discuss and begin to critically analyse texts.
  • Are provided with an inclusive program catering for the diversity of our school community.

The English program at St Mary’s is supported by:

  • Daily Literacy programs
  • Literacy leader
  • Teacher Librarian
  • Reading Recovery and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI)
  • Professional learning teams for all levels
  • Contemporary learning tools
  • Speech Pathology – (Catholic Education Office)

Literacy 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.

The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention is a powerful intervention program that provides regular, intensive, small-group instruction, which supplements classroom literacy teaching.  The lessons consist of a variety of reading, writing and word building experiences designed to help students develop effective reading and writing strategies.