In English, students study, use, and enjoy language and literature communicated orally, visually, or in writing.
- Students need to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to be competent and confident writers.
- Writing is a major part of all curriculum areas and must be a focus for teaching and learning so it can be integrated effectively across the curriculum.
Through our teaching and learning programmes, our students should:
- Understand and use links between reading and writing.
- Become readers who select and read a wide range of texts for pleasure and information
- Make meaning and think critically about texts
- Use strategies to build comprehension, fluency and accuracy
- Be successful readers and writers who understand deeper and surface features that will suit the purpose and audience
Teaching and Learning Guidelines
Our teaching and learning programmes will:
- Reflect the need to give priority to student achievement in literacy – NAG 1
- Identify target groups, including Maori / Pasifika / G&T/ ESOL/ LOTE/ SN
- Reflect effective practice i.e. Expectations; Instructional Strategies; Engaging learners with texts; Partnerships; Knowledge of the learner; and Knowledge of literacy learning
- Have high expectations for all students
- Show patterns of progress through the school
- Use deliberate acts of teaching and instructional strategies across the school
- Vary approaches to teaching (e.g. shared, guided and independent reading & writing)
- Have learning intentions, feedback and next learning steps
- Form partnerships within the school and across the community
- Use Professional Development Programmes and Readings to strengthen teachers’ practice
- Link to key competencies, principles and values
- Consider the learning environment – intellectual, emotional and cultural engagement
- Relate to National Standards
Programmes will reflect the need to give priority to literacy
- The (revised) New Zealand Curriculum will provide the basis for the teaching and learning programme
- Reference to MOE resources e.g. Effective Literacy Practice, TKI, Guided Reading Video Yrs1-3/5-8, Norm-referenced assessment tools, Running Records Handbook
- A coherent pathway from curriculum plans to long term plans to unit or weekly planning to teaching and learning
- Assessment data and information about students will be used to determine the teaching and learning programme
Information on student achievement will be gathered and analysed through a range of assessment practices.