Curriculum - English

 Literacy

The study of Literacy 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 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 and plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future. http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/english/introduction/rationale-and-aims

At Keilor Primary School the Literacy block is made up of ten hours of Reading and ten hours of Writing across the week, with clear objectives around building skills, to allow students to read, analyse and create a variety of texts. Students are immersed in reading material, and reading and writing skills are linked, so that students understand the texts they read from a reader and an author’s perspective. This gives our students a deep understanding of how texts are constructed and allows them to recognise the structure, features and literary techniques that authors use to create engaging texts. 

Reading

At Keilor Primary School Reading and Viewing is an integral part of the curriculum. Our students are encouraged to develop a love of reading through exposure to a range of texts types, genres and topics. Students are exposed to these text types through accessing books within our school library, classroom libraries, levelled text baskets, a variety of interactive programs such as Literacy Planet, and Reading A-Z and through a range of teaching approaches such as modelled, shared, guided, reciprocal reading and book clubs. They have opportunities to meet with their teachers in one-on-one conferences and set goals based on their individual needs.

We believe in making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. This ensures that students develop the skills that allow them to decode and read with fluency, phrasing and expression and then deepen their understanding of texts by drawing on a variety of comprehension strategies. The comprehension strategies - predicting, making connections, questioning, visualising, clarifying, inferring, summarising, synthesising and thinking critically about the text – allow students to gain a greater understanding of the texts at a deeper level and become an active and engaged participant in the text.

Writing

The Writing program at Keilor Primary School is based around developing authors, who create engaging texts across all genres, with the objective of drawing the audience in and keeping them engaged. Students are engrossed in a variety of mentor texts that demonstrate literary techniques and correct structure and features. Students are guided through modelled, shared and interactive writing, as well as being given the opportunity to discuss their writing pieces during conferences with their teachers.

Students are supported by having access to high quality texts and teacher-student created anchor charts and rubrics, which allow them to independently compose texts of their own. They use the Seven Steps of Writing framework in conjunction with the Writing Cycle which consists of: generating ideas in their Writer’s Notebook, planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing, whilst being given opportunities to reflect on their writing and receive feedback from both their peers and their teacher.