Our Language Arts programme is central to the learning and development of all our students. Our essential goals are to create effective communicators and critical thinkers who are able to analyse, understand and build relationships with the world around them.
Oral Communication is the foundation of literacy and encompasses all aspects of speaking and listening skills.
We ensure that within our curriculum there are many opportunities for students to interact with others, listen to and use language, expand vocabulary and become effective communicators.
Discussion and oral presentations are core aspects of lessons as students gather information, rehearse their thinking, and express knowledge or points of view.
Our students learn how to listen attentively, to understand and evaluate what they hear, to think about the literal and inferred meaning and to respond appropriately.
The primary purpose of our reading curriculum is for students to develop an appetite for reading and a love of literature. The world of books is opened up to our students with many opportunities to engage with texts on their own or with others.
We teach our students reading behaviours to develop personal stamina, choice and independence. We want our students to be joyful, voracious and independent readers who possess a deep appreciation and understanding of literature.
Our beginning readers develop their reading skills through daily phonics work and a rigorous levelled reading programme which supports their accuracy and comprehension skills until they are independent readers.
Through the Reading Workshop approach, we develop an emphasis on increasingly complex comprehension strategies and opportunities for the interpretation of themes, perspectives and purpose of a variety of text types.
Writing is a powerful means by which we remember, develop, organise and communicate ideas, feelings and information. Through our writing curriculum, we hope to inspire writers who compose with passion and ease. We want our students to be motivated, confident writers who see writing as an everyday, purposeful and enjoyable experience.
Through our Writers Workshop, students are encouraged to express themselves creatively, imaginatively and effectively in a range of genres. Students become enthusiastic and critical readers of quality mentor texts, so as to have exposure to effective models of the written form and the opportunity to study how authors write.
We are dedicated to developing writers through our daily writing experiences and ensuring that children are engaged in purposeful opportunities with authentic purposes and audiences.