Kennington Primary School sees English as central to the learning and development of all its students. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that young people learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and the world around them.
Students study English daily, generally in a two hour English block. During this two hour period, the three English dimensions of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening are taught explicitly. With rigorous assessment and planning processes in place, teachers develop personalised instruction for their students. They cater for students with differing abilities, interests and learning preferences and our goal is for all students to learn what they need to learn and not repeat what they already know. Students receive explicit instruction at their point of need in small workshop groups and are involved in their assessment and evaluation processes.
English at Kennington Primary School encompasses three dimensions of the English curriculum– reading, writing and speaking and listening.
Reading – This includes students understanding, interpreting, reflecting upon and enjoying written and visual print and non-pint texts. It involves reading and viewing a wide range of text types such as, novels, short stories, poetry and plays as well as popular fiction and nonfiction works. It also involves developing knowledge about a range of strategies that can be used for reading.
Writing – This involves students in the active process of planning, composing, editing and publishing a range of written texts for print, electronic media and performance. Students learn to use appropriate language for particular purposes or occasions, to express ideas, issues, arguments, events and emotions. Students develop their knowledge about strategies for writing, spelling and the conventions of Australian English.
Speaking and Listening – This refers to the various formal and informal ways oral language is used to communicate. It involves the development and demonstration of knowledge about the appropriate oral language for particular audiences and occasions, including body language and voice. It also involves the development of active-listening strategies and the understanding of different spoken texts including everyday communication, group discussion, formal presentations and speeches, storytelling and negotiating.