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At St. Matthew’s, the English curriculum aims to ensure all students learn to read, write, listen to, speak, create and reflect on the spoken, written and multimodal text.

We aim for the students to appreciate, enjoy and use the English language to convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue.

Teaching is focused on all aspects as outlined by the Victorian Curriculum and encourages our students to use strategic actions within, beyond and about texts when reading and writing.

We specifically focus on oral language and phonological development and expand on comprehension strategies throughout prep to year 6.

Our approach is based on the belief that learning is developmental and informed by data and this will ensure all students make progress and achieve success. Intervention is offered to students who require additional support with a Reading Recovery teacher and the use of Levelled Literacy Intervention systems throughout the school.

We have a Home Reading scheme for the juniors and ‘take-home’ books for the middle and senior students.

St. Matthew’s has a well-equipped Library in which borrowing is encouraged based on interests and literature appreciation.

Each year Book Week is a focus and the love of books is celebrated with author visits, a ‘Pyjama Night’ and a parade.

We invite parents to assist in classrooms and to stayed tuned to notifications from Seesaw to view the real time English learning of your child.

“Literacy is inseparable from opportunity, and opportunity is inseparable from freedom. The freedom promised by literacy is both the freedom from- freedom from ignorance, oppression, poverty- and freedom to- to do new things, to make choices, to learn”
– UNESC

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