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

Supporting your Child’s Learning

Interactive resources

You can use different elements of these fold out booklets in communications with your students, parents, and community on what they can do to support children’s learning. For example, you may want to use one of the homework tips in a school newsletter, or the picture and explanation of the colour wheel in reports on student reading levels.

PDF downloads

You can open the following downloads in your default PDF reader for viewing and printing.

  1. Early Learning Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 4 MB)
  2. Year 1 Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 4 MB)
  3. Year 2 Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 3 MB)
  4. Year 3 Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 4 MB)
  5. Year 4 Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 4 MB)
  6. Year 5 Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 3 MB)
  7. Year 6 Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 4 MB)
  8. Year 7 Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 4 MB)
  9. Year 8 Supporting your child’s learning (PDF, 3 MB)

Hard copy booklets

You can order online through Down the Back of the Chair by quoting the following item numbers:

  1. Early learning – 2010EL
  2. Year 1 – 2010Y1
  3. Year 2 – 2010Y2
  4. Year 3 – 2010Y3
  5. Year 4 – 2010Y4
  6. Year 5 – 2010Y5
  7. Year 6 – 2010Y6
  8. Year 7 – 2010Y7
  9. Year 8 – 2010Y8
  10. Years 1 to 8 set – 2010ST

Supporting your Child’s Learning (translated booklets)

This 20-page booklet is available in 14 languages.

PDF downloads

  1. Supporting your child’s learning Arabic (PDF, 7 MB)
  2. Supporting your child’s learning Chinese (PDF, 8 MB)
  3. Supporting your child’s learning Cook Islands Māori (PDF, 4 MB)
  4. Supporting your child’s learning Dari (PDF, 5 MB)
  5. Supporting your child’s learning Hindi (PDF, 6 MB)
  6. Supporting your child’s learning Korean (PDF, 5 MB)
  7. Supporting your child’s learning vagahau Niue (PDF, 4 MB)
  8. Supporting your child’s learning gagana Sāmoa (PDF, 4 MB)
  9. Supporting your child’s learning Somali (PDF, 4 MB)
  10. Supporting your child’s learning Tagalog (PDF, 4 MB)
  11. Supporting your child’s learning Thai (PDF, 6 MB)
  12. Supporting your child’s learning gagana Tokelau (PDF, 4 MB)
  13. Supporting your child’s learning Tongan (PDF, 5 MB)
  14. Supporting your child’s learning te reo Māori (PDF, 4 MB) (Note: this is for teachers and learners in English-medium schools using the New Zealand Curriculum).

Other Useful Websites:

Literacy online:

http://literacyonline.tki.org.nz

Helping with literacy at home:

https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/learning-and-development-at-home/ideas-to-help-with-reading-writing-and-maths/

National Centre on Improving Literacy:

https://improvingliteracy.org/brief/supporting-your-child’s-literacy-development-home

National Literacy Trust:

https://literacytrust.org.uk/parents-and-families/