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“We must contemplate the import of ignoring the printed word. If you cannot read, you can do only what you are told.” Joseph P. Bean


Students are developing their skills in speaking and listening, reading and viewing, and writing. They begin to understand how God has made us to communicate clearly with each other. Students use communication skills to interact with others, learn to hear sounds in words, and to use formal and informal language when appropriate. They listen and respond to a wide range of texts. They begin by developing correct letter formation and use these to convey their ideas through familiar words, phrases and images. They express their ideas through writing sentences and short texts. Students are learning to be balanced readers through decoding, fluency, phrasing and comprehension strategies.


  • To develop the ability to communicate clearly with God, and each other, as part of His plan for our lives
  • To develop an understanding that there are different types of texts and they have similar characteristics
  • To engage with a variety of texts and make connections with personal experiences, increasing their fluency, accuracy and understanding of texts by using questioning and monitoring strategies
  • To create a variety of texts using their knowledge of familiar words, phrases and writing behaviours to convey ideas
  • To actively develop their listening, interaction and speaking skills

Topics Include

  • Writing - variety of text types and genres
  • Phonics and spelling
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Reading - decoding, fluency, phrasing and comprehension
  • Speaking and listening

Time Allocation

  • 22 periods per cycle


  • Levied items


  • Anecdotal notes
  • Oral Tests
  • Writing samples
  • Running Records
  • Written tests

“They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.” Nehemiah 8:8