English is a core component of each day for every child from Foundation-6.  Teaching in this areas is well informed by a variety of assessment activities and teacher professional learning on a weekly basis. We are fortunate to have many excellent physical and digital resources to support student learning.


The study of English is central to the learning and development of all children. It is important for students to be actively involved in reading and viewing, writing, and speaking and listening of texts. By making and comparing and talking about a wide range of texts; fictional, factual, non print and multi-modal texts and to use them to understand how language functions, and how to explore ideas and think critically. By understanding and working with texts, students acquire the knowledge, skills and personal qualities that enable them to read, view and listen critically and to think, speak and write clearly and confidently as lifelong learners.


The English program aims to develop in students

  • the ability to speak, listen, read and write effectively with confidence, purpose and enjoyment.
  • a knowledge of listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, creating and reflecting on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose.
  • a knowledge of the ways in which language varies according to context, purpose, audience, content and the capacity to apply this knowledge.
  • a broad knowledge of a range of texts and a capacity to relate this to aspects of contemporary society and personal experience.
  • the capacity to discuss and analyse texts and language critically.
  • appreciation, enjoyment and use of the English language in all its variations: to develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interactions with others, entertain, persuade and argue.

English at St Joseph’s is well supported through a variety of programs


*Reading recovery (individual reading program support for Grade 1 students)

*A variety of digital resources and apps

*Parent helpers during Literacy in the Foundation class to ensure best teaching practise can occur for the students

*CAFÉ (Comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanded vocabulary) for the years 3 & 4 - centred around individual conferencing when reading with the teacher, small guided teaching reading groups, individually assigning reading goals and self monitoring through teacher guidance

* Seven steps to successful writing (an approach that chunks the writing into seven main techniques, planning, sizzling starts, tightening tension, dynamic dialogue, show- don’t tell, ban the boring & exciting endings

* Chrome books 1:1 for Years 3-6



Success in this area is strongly supported by an approach to effectively ‘target’ learning activities to meet individual student’s needs.  The ‘targeted learning’ initiative is supported through assessments provided by ACER (Progressive Achievement Tests) and the University of Melbourne (Progression of Reading Development Assessments). Weekly professional learning is integral to the ongoing success of student learning and the staff at St Joseph’s are committed to working collaboratively to achieve high outcomes for students