Learning & Teaching - English

At Mary MacKillop Primary School the English curriculum is taught through dedicated English blocks, which are timetabled throughout the week. Staff utilise whole class and small group instruction to ensure the learning needs of children are met based on the assessment of student learning and the stage of the curriculum that is reflected in these assessments.


The English Curriculum is divided into modes which include:

  • Reading and Viewing
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening.

Within each mode there are strands and sub-strands which describe the learning progression and identify learning from Foundation to Year 10:


  • Language variation and change
  • Language for interaction
  • Text structure and organisation
  • Expressing and developing ideas
  • Phonics and word knowledge.


  • Literature and context
  • Responding to literature
  • Examining literature
  • Creating literature.


  • Texts in context
  • Interacting with others
  • Interpreting, analysing, evaluating
  • Creating texts.

Each sub-strand has associated standards, which indicate a progression of achievement across levels of learning from Foundation to Year 10.

Staff utilise a range of assessments to continually assess student growth and development across the levels of the English curriculum.

The English curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • 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 meaningdevelop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.