St Patrick's School
St Patrick's School
English – The Australian Curriculum
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 with 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. In this light it is clear that the Australian Curriculum: English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.
At St Patrick’s we use a range of programs to develop students Literacy knowledge and skills. We use evidence-based programs across all classes such as Sound Waves, Talk for Writing, Literacy Pro/Springboard reading texts. Teachers draw from the curriculum descriptors and combine rich texts to create meaningful learning experiences for students.
The Australian Curriculum: English Foundation to Year 10 is organised into three interrelated strands that support students’ growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English (English). Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are:
- Language: knowing about the English language
- Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
- Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.
Strands and sub-strands
Content descriptions in each strand are grouped into sub-strands that, across the year levels, present a sequence of development of knowledge, understanding and skills. The sub-strands are:
|Language variation and change||Literature and context||Texts in context|
|Language for interaction||Responding to literature||Interacting with others|
|Text structure and organisation||Examining literature||Interpreting, analysing and evaluating|
|Expressing and developing ideas||Creating literature||Creating texts|
|Sound and letter knowledge|
The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians.