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Speaking and Listening

Purpose: To help our learners become confident speakers and engaged listeners so that they can communicate effectively and appropriately.



1.   Oral language underpins all learning especially written language

2.   Listening is required to function in all social environments

3.   Skills are developed through talking and listening and purposeful practice

4.   Oral language is fostered through creativity and experimentation



  1. The learners will be given opportunities to use oral language in a variety of formal and informal situations across the curriculum

  2. Learners will be actively involved as speakers and listeners

  3. Oral language skills will be specifically taught at appropriate levels

Teaching Contexts




Telling and retelling stories



Partner/ Group work







Reading aloud

News Talks

Radio Station                       



Poetry Video/T.V

Partner/Group work



Seesaw posts


Resources English online, TKI, MoE publications  Assessment New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars for Oral Language,ARBs, Moderation, Student self-assessment , Peer assessment using ‘Speech Assessment’ document.



Purpose: Learners need to develop skills which will enable them to read and understand a variety of texts to contribute and involve themselves in society.



  1. Reading is important for personal development

  2. Learners will read daily in the formal reading programme

  3. Reading is a skills based programme

  4. Emphasis will be on understanding and interacting with texts in an increasingly critical way



  1. Reading will be linked with the other English strands

  2. Reading is integrated into the other curriculum areas

  3. The reading programme will involve range of teaching and learning strategies including reading: to; with; and by approaches to meet the needs of the children

  4. Reading programme will involve ongoing assessment and evaluation for learning. The learners will receive quality feed forward and feedback



Purpose: Learners need to develop written skills which will enable them to communicate fluently and effectively through written language.



  1. Learners need to be exposed to all the different text styles

  2. The writing programme should build progressively

  3. Writing enables learners to communicate with others. It enables them to actively explore ideas and to reflect on and select appropriate language


Presenting and Viewing

Purpose: Learners will develop the skills which will enable them to effectively interpret and use visual information.



  1. Learners need to be exposed to a variety of visual texts

  2. Learners need to be exposed to visual symbols as a means of communication



  1. Visual language will involve teacher scaffolding with evidence of effective displays, and resources used by the teacher

  2. Visual language will be integrated into the learning and teaching programme utilising the other curriculum areas


Teaching Contexts

  1. Static images / signs / symbols / posters can be used as models

  2. Presentation skills will be taught and reinforced

  3. Learners will be taught how pictures can confirm or convey information

  4. The meaning of signs and symbols (eg road signs and logos) and digital images

  5. The significance of icons on the computer screen

  6. The meaning of keyboard symbols (eg arrows).

Y7 Reading National Standards

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Y8 Reading National Standards

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Y7 Writing National Standards

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Y8 Writing National Standards

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