Aligned with the Victorian Curriculum – English, our program is designed to ignite a passion for reading, writing, and communication across all levels, and through each of the curriculum’s strands: Language, Literature, Literacy.

At the heart of our approach to Reading is the ‘Big Six’ — oral language, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. As we develop our students’ proficiency in each of these elements, we empower them to confidently read texts of increasing complexity.

Beyond mastering essential skills, we nurture a deep love of literature: through engaging stories, poetry, and non-fiction, we inspire curiosity and empathy, fostering a lifelong appreciation of diverse literary forms and genres.

In our Writing program, we empower students to become articulate and expressive communicators. From narrative storytelling to persuasive arguments and informative essays, each child learns to harness their creativity while mastering the conventions of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Through scaffolded activities and personalised feedback, students build capacity and confidence in their writing skills.

We believe that oral language proficiency is fundamental to academic success and social development. To develop Speaking & Listening skills, we encourage students to engage in meaningful discussions, to present ideas confidently, and to actively – and respectfully – listen to their peers and teachers. 

We take pride in our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program, which supports multilingual students in their journey towards English proficiency. Our dedicated EAL teacher provides tailored instruction, ensuring all learners feel confident and empowered to express themselves effectively.

Our school libraries on each campus are vibrant hubs where students embark on literary adventures through weekly lessons. With access to a rich collection of books and digital resources, every child is able to discover the joy of exploring new worlds and ideas, including during playtime opening hours.

Responsive Teaching and Planning in Literacy 

Literacy planning occurs in year level teams with a focus on utilising an improvement cycle to develop planning which directly reflects student data. Each planning block follows a process where teachers analyse data to diagnose student needs and set learning goals linked to these areas. Planning is responsive to student data and this is monitored over the three-week planning cycle. Teams are supported by the Literacy Learning Specialist during these sessions.