The English Key Learning Area is one of the most important aspects of St Nicholas of Myra’s curriculum, as reading and viewing, composing and listening form the basis of learning in all aspects of schooling.
Teachers collaboratively plan, implement and evaluate class programs in conjunction with their stage partners. This is usually organised through a range of activities such as themes, particular stories, forms of text or authors. We believe English is best taught and learnt through meaningful experiences integrated into the curriculum.
Literacy at St Nicholas of Myra is an exciting and stimulating time. It is incorporated into the school timetable for a block session. The daily literacy sessions include opportunities for the children to engage in talking, listening, reading and writing activities in a series of whole class, small group, pair, and individual experiences.
All students experience a balanced and coherent program of literacy instruction for a minimum of 100 minutes daily, incorporating:
- Purposeful Talk Reading Aloud to Student
- Daily Shared Reading Small Group Reading - Instructional Practice
- Guided writing for developing readers (Generally K-2)
- Small group reading for experienced readers (Generally Yrs 2-6)
- Daily Independent Reading of familiar texts
- Daily Modelled Writing or Shared Writing
- Guided Writing
- Daily Independent Writing
- Multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning which meets the achievement standards as defined by NSW English K-10 syllabus