IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE
Our literacy programs are specifically tailored to the learning styles of boys and they aim to significantly enhance the literacy outcomes of every individual.
Language is central to children’s intellectual, social and emotional development and plays an essential role in all areas of learning.
An understanding of the English language and literature equips boys to use their imagination, communicate thoughts, words and feelings, and make informed decisions about personal and social issues. Competence in English helps boys to understand the structure and grammar of a variety of texts, both oral and written, and facilitate a lifelong enjoyment of literature.
The English Curriculum at Newington College K-6 Lindfield is based on the NSW Board of Studies English K-6 Syllabus and Support Documents. We aim to provide daily opportunities for our boys to be able to ‘inquire into Literacy’ and ‘inquire through Literacy’.
There are three strands: Reading, Writing, and Talking and Listening. Each boy follows an individualised reading program designed to help him master the full range of reading skills while fostering a love of literature. The boys are encouraged to maintain a daily reading log and to participate in the school Reading Challenge.
Fluency in writing is developed through the teaching of specific text types, the support of programs such as THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills) and the integration of the latest technology. There are frequent opportunities to develop confidence and skills in public speaking and debating.
At all times, we aim to provide our boys with a supportive learning environment, in which positive participation is encouraged.