English is used by most Australians to communicate with others in our culturally diverse communities. As a major international language, it has power and influence in the world context. Proficiency in English for all Australians enables them to share in and contribute to current and future local, national and global communities and cultures.
In the Junior Years (Prep - Year 5): Students will follow the Australian Curriculum syllabus documents for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, HPE and Languages. In 2016 we will be implementing Version 8 Australian Curriculum for Learning Areas. This rollout will be completed in 2017. The tenth Learning Area is Religion, where we follow the Brisbane Guidelines. Curriculum content and achievement standards are made explicit within the Australian Curriculum. Junior Years staff are responsible for the selection of the most suitable pedagogical approach for the students within their care. This ensures the best possible teaching and learning opportunities can take place at all times.
In the Middle Years (Years 6 – 9): The English curriculum reflects the Australian Curriculum which has a significant emphasis on language and literature. Our English program is comprehensive, including a focus on skills to develop reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar and speaking.
English in the Middle Years is more than skill development. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand and communicate with others and with the world around them. Our units encourage students to engage with a wide range of texts and become critical thinkers who are able to analyse and interpret the world around them and look beyond the literal meaning of texts. The English curriculum also helps students develop the skills to effectively create their own increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose.
In Years 6 to 9, students study a range of units including: narratives and story books; a range of persuasive texts including advertising and debating; drama texts such as play scripts and monologues; analysis and understanding of novels and poetry with a focus on the appreciation of both classic and modern literature; the comprehension and evaluation of visual texts; and the development of the English language through time.
In the Senior Years (Years 10 – 12): Students will engage with a wide variety of literary, mass media and everyday texts. As they study the increasingly demanding texts that Senior English requires, students write, speak or sign, view, listen, and think critically. In studying the texts of others, and in writing their own texts, students conceptualise, imagine, appreciate, experiment, speculate, reflect, make decisions, hypothesise, analyse and evaluate to enhance their ability to think, use language, and make meaning. They reflect on ways of being in the world, shape their identities, develop meaningful relationships with others, and express their ideas and feelings.
The range and balance in the texts that students read, listen and view, will include: Literature (novels, short stories and poetry): traditional, contemporary, and literature in translation from a variety of cultures, including Australian, and across history; scripted drama and drama performed as theatre; reflective texts such as biographies, autobiographies and journals; works produced specifically for older adolescents; popular culture; media and multimodal; the emergent technologies of hypermedia and spoken and written everyday texts of work, family and community life.