English Language

Building English Skills

Victor Harbor R-7 students are involved in literacy tasks involving listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts through the three focus areas of the English Curriculum:

> Literacy > Literature > Language.

Through engaging with the English Curriculum students become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school.

We offer a diverse range of literacy activities within our classrooms. These may include:

  • Students engaging with the highly acclaimed and successful “Jolly Phonics” program based on the acquisition of the 44 sounds of the English language. All classes R-1 implement the program providing continuity for our students
  • Students working on phonological awareness in a small group – this underpins literacy success and lays the foundation for success in literacy from an early age. This includes rhyme, blending and initial sounds.
  • A guided reading session working with students in small groups led by their teacher who is explicitly teaching them the skill of comprehending a text
  • Students in classes 2-7 engaging with the Soundwaves spelling program which follows on from Jolly Phonics in the early years and provides sound acquisition with relevant grammar knowledge
  • Students being explicitly taught reading comprehension strategies to develop fluency and meaning in texts that they read and view and then practicing these when reading and writing independently
  • R-3 students accessing the ABC Reading Eggs program online, which focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success
  • Yr3-7 students accessing the ABC Eggspress program online, which focuses on comprehension strategies through fiction and factual texts using learning resources, lessons, motivational games and e-books