English Curriculum Overview

Year 7 – 8

In English, our students experience learning in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts that relate to the school curriculum, local community, regional and global contexts. As students’ progress from Year 7 to 8, teachers cover a range of texts to support and build on students Literacy skills. The main texts covered in years 7 and 8 include Katherine Paterson’s novel ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ and / or Clausen et al.’s ‘Class Acts’, Gillian Rubinstein’s novel ‘Space Demons’ and Theodore Taylor’s Novel ‘The Cay’. In order to create an optimum learning environment for students, teachers further engage students in a variety of texts to develop student’s analytic skills. These include various types of media texts including newspapers, magazines and digital texts.

The main goal of our teachers is to develop independent readers who draw from a range of genres that involve complex, challenging and unpredictable plot sequences and hybrid structures that may serve multiple purposes. These texts explore themes of human experience and cultural significance, interpersonal relationships, and ethical and global dilemmas within real-world and fictional settings and represent a variety of perspectives.

Throughout the years’ students will be exposed to successive complex sentences with embedded clauses, a high proportion of unfamiliar and technical vocabulary, figurative and rhetorical language, and dense information supported by various types of graphics presented in visual form, so that students develop sound analytic skills which would prepare them to challenge any form of analytic questions they would encounter in assessments.

Year 9 – 10

In English, our students experience learning in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts that relate to the school curriculum, local community, regional and global contexts. As students’ progress from Year 9 to 10, teachers cover a range of texts to support and build on students Literacy skills. The main texts covered in years 9 and 10 include ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell adapted by Peter Hall, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’ (selected stories), ‘Growing Up Asian in Australia’ edited by Alice Pung (selected stories), Reginald Rose’s play ‘Twelve Angry Men’ and the powerful thriller ‘Ghosts of Mississippi’ directed by Rob Reiner. In order to create an optimum learning environment for students, teachers further engage students in a variety of texts to develop student’s analytic skills. These include various types of media texts including newspapers, magazines and digital texts.

The main goal of our teachers is to develop independent readers who draw from a range of genres that involve complex, challenging and unpredictable plot sequences and hybrid structures that may serve multiple purposes. These texts explore themes of human experience and cultural significance, interpersonal relationships, and ethical and global dilemmas within real-world and fictional settings and represent a variety of perspectives.

While studying various text types, teachers would guide students in understanding themes and issues involving levels of abstraction, higher order reasoning and intertextual references, hence ensuring that students develop a critical understanding of the contemporary media, and the differences between media texts.

By the end of year 10, students will create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts, for example narratives, procedures, performances, reports and discussions, and would be able to create literary analyses and transformations of texts. Students would also develop effective communication skills, both in oral and written form.