Literacy is central to the intellectual, emotional and social development of children and has an essential role in all Key Learning Areas. The development of a high standard of literacy is essential if students are to become active participants in, and shapers of, society. Literacy competence enables people to interact, communicate, enjoy and make sense of the world.
At St Joseph’s Merriwa we believe that:
At St Joseph’s, English education seeks to assist and encourage students to:
The English block is allocated between 6.25 – 8.75 hours of teaching time each week. Time allocation will vary according to skill development. English is taught in the morning session and as far as possible without interruption. All reasonable effort is made to avoid booking other school events that would interrupt the daily Balanced English Block.
At St Joseph's a strong focus is being placed on the Pillars of Reading as well as the Simple View of Reading. Teachers also collaboratively plan reading groups and lessons with a continued thorough understanding of Scarborough's Reading Rope, which allows teachers to be more intentional in their teaching of reading and ensure no "gaps" are left in the student's reading.
St Joseph's staff have collaboratively planned lessons and structures in place to enhance student achievement in writing. With carefully structured learning intentions and success criteria throughout teaching and learning, students use their ever increasing skills in phonemic awareness to blend, read, spell and ultimately write cohesive sentences which turn into imaginative and informative texts and narratives.
Joey's students are given multiple opportunities to speak in front of their peers, learn correct articulation of language and structure planned and impromptu speeches. St Joseph's students were successful in winning the Diocesan Public Speaking competition and several received high commendations for their efforts.