Studying English is essential to the learning and development of all students assisting them to become confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. Students learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and the world around them. They develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active citizens.
Sacred Heart School follows the Australian Curriculum ensuring that the aims of English are met. These aims are:
- 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
- appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
- 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.
Excerpts from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/English
Literacy Dedicated Time (LDT)
English is taught explicitly during Literacy Dedicated Time and literacy skills are integrated in all other learning areas. In order to cater for the diverse range of needs evident in most classrooms, teachers must have the opportunity to work with the whole class, small groups and at an individual student level. Literacy Dedicated Time consists of a 90 minute block of undisturbed learning (where possible) where students are guided through a variety of activities. Literacy Dedicated Time is structured according to the needs of our students and generally covers activities that involve Reading, Writing (including Spelling), Speaking & Listening and Viewing.
Every Year in Term One we offer a one hour 'Parent Helpers Workshop' covering instruction in the classroom during English and Mathematics lessons. It is asked that parents who wish to help attend this workshop. The workshop aims to provide parents with a 'common language' and a 'common set of strategies' that they are to use to support students in the classroom.