The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Teaching and learning programs at Red Hill School balance and integrate all three strands. Together the three strands focus on developing students' knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit, strengthen and develop these as needed.
The three strands are:
Red Hill promotes a balanced literacy approach to teaching English with the program of inquiry providing authentic contexts for learners to develop and use language.
The individual literacy learning needs of students are catered for through differentiation. A variety of strategies, resources and support mechanisms are used to scaffold student success and allow every student to achieve.
The skills needed to become a proficient reader, writer, speaker and viewer are taught explicitly across all areas of the curriculum. The consolidation of reading skills is encouraged in partnership with parents through the home reading program in the early years and independent reading in the senior years.
Proficient writing skills underpin all forms of communication and is of paramount importance. At Red Hill School we foster a love of literature and language by engaging in the enjoyment and appreciation of all forms of Literacy.