The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English plays a key role in the development of reading and literacy skills which help young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.
Literacy teaching and learning endeavours to integrate all aspects of English - listening, speaking, viewing, reading and writing - across as many curriculum areas as possible. In this way, students learn to use English in meaningful contexts.
At Mawson Primary School we use a Balanced Literacy program. A Balanced Literacy program incorporates a variety of literacy strategies and carefully selected materials for each learning experience. When teachers design a balanced literacy program they are planning, organising and structuring a literacy program to ensure the successful learning for all students. Within our classrooms there are a diverse range of learners. In a balanced literacy program teachers carefully scaffold learning to ensure the success of all learners.
A Balanced Literacy approach provides:
- Opportunities for children to gather their ideas together through talk – the importance of oral language in the acquisition of language skills can not be underestimated
- Development of the specialised knowledge and language needed for reading texts
- Help for children to learn writing skills within the context of their own writing
- Support for children to make links between first-hand experience, oral language and books.