The Cranbourne Primary School English program is based on the Victorian Essential Learning Standards.  Within the Discipline-based Learning strand is the learning domain of English.  Standards in the English domain are organised in three dimensions:


  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Speaking and Listening

The learning in these dimensions is interrelated.  To help support student progress in all three dimensions, learning contexts are diverse and include situations that are informal, formal, planned and spontaneous.  Texts and language constitute the central and essential concepts.


The English Program incorporates the teaching philosophies from the Early Years Literacy and Middle Years Literacy programs.




The goals of English curriculum are to develop in students:


  • the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write with enjoyment, purpose, effect and confidence in a wide range of contexts

  • the ability to understand, interpret and reflect upon written and visual, print and non-print texts

  • a knowledge of the ways in which language varies according to context, purpose, audience, and content, and the capacity to apply this knowledge

  • a knowledge of the linguistic patterns used to construct different texts and the capacity to apply this knowledge, especially in writing

  • the ability to conceive, plan, compose, edit and publish fiction and non-fiction texts

  • a broad knowledge of a range of texts and a capacity to relate this to aspects of contemporary society and personal experience

  • the capacity to discuss and analyse texts and language critically

  • a knowledge of the ways in which textual interpretation and understanding may vary according to cultural, social, and personal differences, and the capacity to develop reasoned arguments about interpretation and meaning

  • the ability to use formal and informal oral language to convey and receive meaning;

  • an understanding of the conventions in different spoken texts including everyday communication, group discussion, formal presentations and speeches, story telling and negotiating.



  • Teachers will

  • Provide favourable conditions for the learning of English in reading, viewing, writing, comparing, researching and talking about texts.

  • Provide resources and materials which support usage through literature, every day texts and mass media.

  • Encourage students to explore the meaning of texts and how meaning is conveyed.

  • Provide daily opportunities for students to read, write, speak and listen for meaningful purposes.

  • Students will be encouraged to regularly read at home.

  • The library is an important resource of English program, particularly in the area of reading.

  • Students will be exposed to a wide range of texts and media in print and electronic forms.

  • There will be ready access to the use of technology and students will become familiar and confident in using it.