The key elements of the English curriculum are Reading and Viewing; Writing and Speaking; and Listening. Each are taught and assessed at every level of the school. Providing a consistent approach across the whole school supports students as they move from one grade to the next, building on their skills and knowledge from the previous year.
Reading and Viewing
For students to learn to read, teachers actively engage and surround them with good quality literature, in both written and visual form. Together we explore together the features of text, the author’s craft and develop our strategies for comprehending increasingly complex texts. Our teachers plan together to implement the Reader’s Workshop Model in each classroom where good quality literature is used as a tool to teach students to think within the text looking for meaning, to make connections to themselves and the wider world and to delve deeper into texts to find the hidden meanings.
From the very first days in school, students are actively involved in the process of conceiving, planning, composing, editing and publishing a range of written texts. By using good literature as a starting point, teachers explicitly teach the craft of writing so all students develop a knowledge of strategies for creating quality texts and build their understanding of the conventions of written English.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and Listening is all the formal (presentations, debates) and informal (conversations) ways we use oral language. Over time at school, students develop their understanding and knowledge of the appropriate use of language for different audiences and occasions. Ample opportunities are provided for students to practice their oral language and listening skills throughout their time at Mullum Primary School.
Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Mullum Primary School is excited to be participating. The PRC application offers a range of exciting features including:
access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
a modern user-friendly interface
rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review
The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 17 September 2021.
Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc