The Australian Curriculum: English Foundation to Year 10 is organised into three interrelated strands that support students' growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English (English). Together the three strands focus on developing students' knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are:
- Language: knowing about the English language
- Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
- Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.
(Australian Curriculum - English structure)
Students will build on their knowledge of and ability to use Language as they progress through the Junior Program. A wide variety of experiences will allow them to;
- develop strategies in the art of persuasion in both written and spoken form,
- produce narrative writing that entertains and informs whilst showcasing their control of figurative and creative language,
- analyse text and formulate nuanced responses
Students will be exposed to a wide variety of literature from Australia and across the world. They will study novels, plays, poetry, media articles and a myriad of other texts.
A key life skill is being able to find; meaning, representations, and bias in text. Through recognising the purpose and intended audience behind every text, students will understand the power and influence the written word can have on individuals and on society as a whole.
Preparation for Senior English
As students make their way on the ACARA journey of Junior School, they also begin preparation for Senior study and the variety of English subjects available to them. In year 9, Springfield students have the unique opportunity to study the elective subject Creative Writing. This subject allows those with a true love of language to be exposed to the concepts and skills taught in the Senior Subject of Literature.