The English Curriculum is a major focus at Quarry Hill Primary School from Years Prep to Grade 6. An essential part of this program is the school’s commitment to a two hour literacy block of literacy teaching and learning each day. Children develop literacy skills and understandings as a whole class and in small groups with the classroom teacher.
At Quarry Hill PS teachers provide rich literacy learning experiences through the use of engaging and colourful big books for whole class reading instruction and use group sets of books for small group guided reading instruction. Teachers also facilitate weekly teacher led reading and writing conferences with students. Conferences enable the teachers to gain valuable insights into the students skills and knowledge. Teachers personalise instruction to support individual literacy development and progression by providing engaging, relevant and purposeful literacy learning tasks.
We are committed to ensuring that all children at Quarry Hill PS have the opportunity to become proficient in their literacy skills to help them reach their fullest potential. We provide Prep – Grade 4 literacy intervention programs for those students who have been identified as needing additional assistance in their literacy learning.
The English Curriculum at Quarry Hill Primary School aims to ensure that students:
· learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
· appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
· understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
· develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.