English involves three areas or modes.

Within these areas, students deal with different kinds of reading or sources of information, including media, and writing and speaking for different purposes and audiences. Students come to understand that correct spelling, grammar and presentation are essential to successfully communicating their message or story.

Junior and Senior School students undertake activities according to their level of development

Sound Waves – A whole-School strategy

Implemented across the whole school is Sound Waves, a reading and spelling program based on phonemic awareness.

Learning strategies to decode and encode the written word, inspiring logical and lateral higher-order thinking which students thrive on, by teaching other important concepts, such as rhyming, tense, prefixes, suffixes, Greek and Latin roots and ultimately leading to a genuine understanding of the mechanics of our language.

Junior School (Prep to Grade 2)

English for Junior School students involves:

  • Beginning Reading
  • Special Assistance
  • Sound Waves phonemic awareness program
  • Language Experience
  • Theme Learning

Senior School (Grades 3 to 6)

There are many kinds of literacy including social literacy – ways of writing and speaking which are appropriate for different situations, and visual literacy – being able to read and understand the messages in films, TV programs, videos, computer software, websites, and other visual images such as posters and advertising.