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 with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.

The study of English helps our students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and ultimately the workplace.

It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.

In this light it is clear that the Australian Curriculum: English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.Australian Curriculum 2015


English is taught through the Australian Curriculum which is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy

Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.

The three strands are:

Language: knowing about the English language

Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature

Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage (development of skills)

Literacy is the ability to read, use written information and to write appropriately, in a range of contexts.

It is a set of skills required to develop knowledge and understanding, to achieve personal growth and to function effectively in our society.

Literacy involves the integration of speaking, listening and critical thinking with reading and writing.

Effective literacy is intrinsically purposeful, flexible and dynamic. It continues to develop throughout an individual’s lifetime.


The aims of literacy teaching at Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School are to:

  • develop in children effective and purposeful literacy skills in order that they may function confidently at school, at home and in society.
  • individually challenge children according to ability and interests so they can reach their full potential.
  • develop in the children a love of reading and writing.
  • develop in the children a perception of themselves as lifelong learners.
  • develop in the children literacy skills that assist them in interpreting their world.

The teaching of English at Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School is primarily about the development of the whole person. It is essential that children learn sound literacy skills because they are crucial to the development of the individual made in God’s image and likeness.

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