English

Literacy in English gives students access to the understanding, knowledge, and skills that they need to participate fully in the social, cultural, political, and economic life of New Zealand and the wider world.

To be successful participants our students need to be effective oral, written, and visual communicators who are able to think critically and in depth.

Our New Zealand English Curriculum is structured around two interconnected strands, each encompassing the oral, written, and visual forms of the language. The strands differentiate between the modes in which students are primarily:

  • Making meaning of ideas or information they receive (listening, reading and viewing)
  • Creating meaning for themselves or others (speaking, writing, and presenting).

Literacy Goals at Victoria Avenue School

  • To provide high quality and equitable teaching and learning opportunities to enable our students to achieve to the best of their ability in literacy education
  • To enable all students to develop skills and understandings in reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and presenting, for everyday living and as a foundation for further learning
  • To recognise students as individuals, cater for their individual needs and raise student achievement in literacy

This statement affirms the following general aims for the teaching of English at all levels of the curriculum.

Literacy in English gives students access to the understanding, knowledge, and skills they need to participate fully in the social, cultural, political, and economic life of New Zealand and the wider world. To be successful participants, they need to be effective oral, written, and visual communicators who are able to think critically and in depth.

At mid year and end of year students are judged against the National Reading and Writing Standards to determine if they meet the demands of the New Zealand Curriculum. information on these standards at each level click on the link for more details:

http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/National-Standards/Reading-and-writing-standards/The-standards