English Curriculum

Blackburn Primary School follows the Australian Curriculum to ensure that English standards are met across all levels. Following these guidelines we plan lessons with an emphasis on real literature at the core, to explicitly teach concepts involved in Reading & Viewing, Speaking & Listening and Writing.

The way we approach teaching the English curriculum enables our students to:

  • be confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens who learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.
  • read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of context with accuracy, fluency and purpose.
  • learn to 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 from ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue.

 

The Early Years & Beyond

In order to ensure that we can cater for your child’s individual capabilities in English, teachers at Blackburn Primary School spend one-on-one time with each of their students at the beginning of the year. At this time administer a number of common assessment tasks, which aim to pinpoint your child’s abilities in all areas of the English curriculum. Following these assessments, each child is catered for in the classroom at their individual level through a combination of individual, small group and whole class work that will aim to build skill levels in all areas of the English curriculum.

Teachers at Blackburn Primary School value the use of real literature as a basis to teach skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. We understand that encouraging children to love books is the best way to get them to be life-long and enthusiastic learners and we approach the teaching of English with this in mind.

 

Skilled & Knowledgable Teachers

Staff at Blackburn Primary School regularly partake in Professional Development in English. Over the past few years we have learned from experts in their field about new and exciting initiatives in teaching students Spelling, Writing and Grammar and how they align with the Australian Curriculum. Blackburn Primary School is a member of ALEA and PETAA, which are literacy affiliations that regularly publish research in the field of English.

 

Resourcing & Technology

Each classroom at Blackburn Primary School is well resourced with Literacy games and reference materials that aim to build the student’s English skills in a fun and creative way. Games are encouraged as a way to consolidate formal learning in the classroom.

Technology is an important element in our English lessons. We use iPods to access many apps which aim to inspire thinking, are fun, and enable students to explore the world beyond the classroom. All students at BPS have access to Spellodrome, Reading Eggs, and Sunshine Online and they are also encouraged to use laptops to research, read and view information online as well as create their own texts.

 

Engaging with English

We encourage students to explore their own skills and talents in English at Blackburn Primary School. We invite each child to take part in the Short Story Competition, we hold debates, make movies, we are enthusiastic about engaging children through our Book Club Program, treasure books through our first class Library, enter Speaking Competitions, foster Student Run Assemblies, celebrate our English program by dressing up and celebrating authors and offer support to students through or Reading Recovery Program and EAL Program.