English at St Matthew's

“Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for building a better life.”
– Kofi Annan (Diplomat & Former Secretary-General of the United Nations)

We believe that the study of English – Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening is an ongoing process that is fundamental to all areas of the curriculum. Therefore literacy learning should be engaging, child-centred, developmental and informed by data. We believe we should enable students to become contemporary literate learners to achieve diverse life goals.

A key part of the program is the focused teaching of all aspects of English as outlined in the Victorian Curriculum (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) through the use of spoken, written and multimodal texts. There is a specific focus on oral language and phonological development in the Prep to Year 2 area and the development of key comprehension strategies in Years 3 to 6.

We encourage an interest in and love for literature. We support children to become proficient readers who are able to use reading as a tool for lifelong learning and enjoyment.

Our program is based on the belief that improvements are achievable through a whole school approach that ensures all students make progress and achieve success. Intervention and acceleration programs are offered to students who require additional support in reading and comprehension skills. These include Reading Recovery, Levelled Literacy Intervention, Buddy Reading and other school based intervention approaches.

We invite parents to assist in classrooms during Literacy on a voluntary basis.