ENGLISH

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Year 5

Speaking and Listening: Students are encouraged to listen critically, commenting on context, and adjusting their own speaking style for different purposes. They contribute to class and small-group discussions in an informal context and present formal and prepared presentations to the class. Speaking and listening skills are also showcased at a cross-campus Speakers’ Festival.

Reading: Students are encouraged to read widely for pleasure and to reflect on their reading strategies. Their class work incorporates skills of reading comprehension, on a number of levels, and responses to a given text in a variety of ways.  They use research skills to locate and interpret information from various texts.

Writing: Students come to understand conventions such as spelling, grammar and handwriting.  They develop their knowledge of word classes, punctuation and sentence structure. Students write a range of texts for different audiences and purposes. Attention is given to the skills of editing, word processing and publishing.

Year 6

Speaking and Listening: Students listen to and participate in debates. They produce prepared and sustained spoken texts in a variety of situations, dealing with familiar ideas and information. Students are encouraged to listen critically, commenting on context, and adjusting their own speaking style for different purposes. 

Reading: Students are encouraged to read a variety of books for enjoyment. They read and respond to selected texts, justifying their own interpretation and explaining possible reasons for different interpretations of the texts. Students use their knowledge of linguistic structures and features to explain how texts are constructed. They identify and discuss strategies for locating key information and ideas. 

Writing: Students use different text types to write about familiar and unfamiliar ideas and information. They are encouraged to adjust their writing to take account of aspects of purpose and audience. Students are introduced to a range of strategies to plan, compose, revise and edit texts.

Year 7

There is, as Susan Sontag (2001) observers, 'an inherent value in extending our sense of what a human life can be'. Literature, in this way, 'is an extension of [our] sympathies to other selves, other domains, other dreams, other words, other territories of concern.’ It is reaching into these ‘other selves, other domains, other dreams’ – the worlds of other cultures, fantastical worlds and worlds of the past – that has informed the design of Year 7 English at GGS.

The course is organised into four units:

         1.   Why do other people matter? A study of the play, Two Weeks with the Queen.
         2.   Why are magic and dreams and good maddess important? A study of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and a fantasy novel of own choosing.
         3.  What new ways of seeing the world can First Nations’ stories give us? A study of the film, Whale Rider, Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and Indigenous songwriters and speakers.
         4.   What gives us hope in dark places? A study of the novel, War Horse, and war poets.

Through a study of these texts, students learn how language features, images and vocabulary are used to represent different ideas, recognising how characterisation, events, language and setting combine to create meaning. Students communicate their understanding by responding creatively and analytically to these texts for a variety of different contexts. They practise the process of planning, drafting, editing and refining their compositions, taking into account the purposes of their work and the needs and interests of audiences. And in doing so, they demonstrate their understanding of grammar, select vocabulary for effect and use accurate spelling and punctuation. Finally, through lively classroom discussion, students understand how to draw on personal knowledge, textual analysis and other sources to express or challenge a point of view.

Semester 1

1. Responding analytically (40%)
2. Responding creatively (30%)
3. Speaking and listening (20%)
4. Language conventions and grammar (10%)

Semester 2

1. Responding analytically (40%)
2. Responding creatively (30%)
3. Speaking and listening (15%)
4. Language conventions and grammar (15%)

Year 8

Stories, according to Robert McKee, ‘are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience.’ And Roland Barthes has noted, narrative, in its infinite forms, is ‘present at all times, in all places, in all societies; the history of narratives begins with the history of mankind; there does not exist, and never has existed a people without human experiences.’ Recognising the role of narrative in shaping our world, the Year 8 English course at GGS has been designed around to uncover why cultures and individuals create narratives.

The course is organised into four units:

    1.  Mark Smith’s The Road to Winter and Wilder Country
    2.  Ian Serraillier’s The Silver Sword
    3.  Shakespeare
    4.  Lion, directed by Garth Davis
    5.  Paul Jennings’ The Nest

In responding analytically and creative to these texts, students learn how language features, images and vocabulary are used to represent different ideas, recognising and explaining differing viewpoints about the world, cultures, individual people and issues. Students also explain the effectiveness of language choices writers use to influence their audience. They practise the process of planning, drafting, editing and refining their compositions, taking into account the purposes of their work and the needs and interests of audiences. In doing so, they demonstrate their understanding of grammar, select vocabulary for effect and use accurate spelling and punctuation.

Semester 1
1. Responding analytically (45%)
2. Responding creatively (45%)
3. Language conventions and grammar (10%)

Semester 2
1. Responding analytically (35%)
2. Responding creatively (35%)
3. Speaking and listening (20%)
4. Language conventions and grammar (10%)

ENGLISH PATHWAY AT GGS

Group 1 - English A: Literature
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