English & Literacy

The Australian Curriculum: English guides teachers at Curtin Primary. It aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

Curtin Primary implements BEE Spelling using Words their Way texts to assist students in developing effective spelling strategies. BEE Spelling is a teacher-directed, student-centred approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development whereby students engage in a variety of sound, pattern and meaning activities, sorting pictures and words. It caters for differentiated learning in the classroom.

Teachers use First Steps to inform their practice in reading and writing. We also use Writer's Notebook as a strategy to support and engage students in their writing.

For more information about the English content taught and sample portfolios at each year level, please see the Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions.