Cromer Public School

Wisdom and Courage

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The study of English is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

Language is central to students' intellectual, social and emotional development and has an essential role in all key learning areas. The learning experiences provided in the English syllabus assists students in becoming competent users of the English language in a variety of contexts. Through high-quality English programs, students will develop knowledge, skills and understandings about the English language and literature. They will also learn to create and interpret a range of literary and factual texts as well as learn about the structure and grammar of these texts.

Competence in English will enable students to learn about the role of language in their own lives, and in their own and other cultures. They will then be able to communicate their thoughts and feelings, to participate in society, to make informed decisions about personal and social issues, to analyse information and viewpoints, to use their imaginations and to think about the influence of culture on the meanings made with language.

The approach taken in the syllabus is based on the three main interrelated uses of language:

  • to interact with others
  • to create and interpret texts
  • to develop understandings about the world and ourselves.

This approach places emphasis on both spoken and written language and provides a comprehensive description of how language works. This is a useful approach for the classroom as it allows for the diversity of language backgrounds within a multicultural society.

English is a compulsory subject in all years of schooling. The English K-6 syllabus provides students with the foundation for learning English in their secondary education. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of language and literature throughout their lives.

The aim of the English K-6 syllabus is to encourage positive attitudes towards learning English, to develop students' ability in using language effectively and to enable critical reflection on how language works.