English

At Orrvale Primary School we aim to ensure all students appreciate, enjoy and practice the English language in all its variations.

At Orrvale Primary School we aim to ensure all students;

  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations.

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on

  • spoken, written and digital texts across a range of contexts. 

  • understand how Australian English works in its spoken and written forms.

  • develop an informed appreciation of literature.

  • understand the power Australian English has to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue.

Learning

Our students participate in Reader's and Writer's Workshops each day commencing from 9.00am. Both workshops begin with the teacher conducting short strategic mini-lessons that model the daily expected learning intentions and success criteria for all students.

During the workshops students read, write and talk about their reading and writing whilst being supported by their teacher via one-to-one reading conferences and small strategic focus groups. With guideance, students set individual goals for learning and monitor their progress. They use Reader's and Writer's Notebooks to record their thinking, ideas, understanding and wonderings.

At Orrvale Primary School parents are given the opportunity to participate in learning workshops that provided them with the strategies they need to support English learning at home. They are enccouraged to attend morning reading from 8.50 and support their child and other students by listening to reading. 

We offer small group extension and intervention for students who are performing above and below the expected level of learning. These students are provided with Individual Learning Plans, that are developed in partnership with parents.