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English enables people to communicate, share ideas, respond to text and form social relationships. These skills are embedded and practised across all learning areas; however, the structured English curriculum consists of:

  • Reading and Viewing
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening.

At Good Shepherd students participate in explicit small group instruction that caters for individual learning needs. Students learn to be critical thinkers, to reflect on what they have read and to develop reading strategies in order to make meaning of the text.

Reading and Viewing content is taught in ‘Clinics’. At this time students are mixed across their grade level allowing for the most effective delivery of content. Ongoing assessment ensures students’ are provided with enrichment and support as required.

Reading Recovery is an early intervention program offered for students who may need support in Year One. In addition to Reading Recovery, Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is offered for students in Year 1-4.

ERIK – Early Reading Intervention Knowledge is a reading intervention program offered to students in Year 1 and 2 who required support with reading.

In Writing students analyse the structure and organisation of different text forms, focus on appropriate language and rules for writing various genres. Students develop strategies for learning to spell using ‘SMART’ spelling program (F-6).

Students are encouraged to develop their Speaking and Listening skills. They learn to listen to others and use appropriate interaction skills for building relationships. Students plan presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions.