English

The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy.  Teaching and learning programs at CWSC balance and integrate all three strands.  Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.  Learning English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit, strengthen and develop these as needed.

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.

CWSC promotes a balanced literacy approach to teaching English with the inquiry units providing authentic contexts for learners to develop and use language.

The individual literacy learning needs of students are catered for through differentiation. A variety of strategies, resources and support mechanisms are used to scaffold student success and allow every student to achieve.

The skills needed to become a proficient reader, writer, speaker, listener and viewer are taught explicitly across all areas of the curriculum. The consolidation of reading skills is encouraged in partnership with parents through the family reading program in the early years and independent reading for practice and pleasure during the senior years.

Proficient writing skills underpin all forms of communication and are of paramount importance. At CWSC we foster a love of literature and language by engaging in the enjoyment and appreciation of all forms of literacy.

We ran a seminar for parents in early Term 1 about family reading. Click on the link below for a slideshow that will give you information about how you can help your child develop a love of reading.

Parent reading seminar