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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 analyse and explain how language features and structures, images and vocabulary are used to represent ideas, characters and events. They write for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting appropriate genre, form and structure. They learn to communicate clearly, audibly and with expression in different contexts including planning and delivering an organised presentation. Students understand that God calls us to be responsible for making wise choices with our words and use them to build others up. They contribute relevant ideas and opinions when engaging with their peers, while building on the contributions of others by actively listening and contributing to discussions, clarifying context, challenging the ideas of others, and making presentations using multimodal elements for defined purposes and audiences. Students will deepen their understanding on how text structures can achieve particular outcomes and will can analyse and explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used in different ways by different authors, comparing and analysing information in different texts, explaining literal and implied meaning.

Topics Include

  • Writing - recount, report, narrative, exposition, explanation
  • Phonics and spelling
  • Grammar - sentence structure, punctuation, vocabulary
  • Handwriting
  • Reading - silent, oral, group, comprehension, vocabulary
  • Speaking and listening

Subject Length

  • 22 periods per cycle


  • Booklist items


  • Writing samples
  • Spelling tests
  • Grammar tests
  • Reading fluency and comprehension tests
  • Oral reading, presentations and group discussions

“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