Early Stage One

Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing.Students mix and talk informally with peers, teachers and known adults. They give short talks and interact effectively in the classroom and in groups. Students listen with attentiveness to follow simple instructions and ask relevant questions. They express ideas clearly, demonstrating an emerging awareness of how people use spoken language for different purposes. They explore the way familiar and the features of these texts.

Students develop reading, viewing and comprehension skills and strategies using context, grammar, word usage and phonics in short predictable printed texts on familiar topics. They recognise, discuss and respond to the different kinds and purposes of various written and visual texts. Students explore and identify some language features of written and visual texts.

Students write with an increasing awareness of the nature, purpose and conventions of written language. They produce simple texts that demonstrate an awareness of the basic grammar and punctuation needed. Students know and use letters and sounds of the alphabet to attempt to spell known words and use most lower and upper case letters appropriately to construct sentences. Students explore the use of computer technology to construct texts.

Using the NSW Board of Studies syllabus, we deliver educational programs in the areas of English, mathematics, human society and its environment, science and technology, creative and practical arts, as well as personal development, health and physical education. Additionally, we have a strong religious orientation and, as a result, we provide Arabic language classes as well as a rigorous Islamic studies program.The College is a member of the NSW Australian Independent Schools and registered with the NSW Board of Studies.

Stage One
Years 1 & 2

Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing.Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Students communicate with a wide range of people on familiar and introduced topics to achieve a variety of purposes. They interact effectively, adopting new speaking skills, in order to give confident oral presentations. They listen to instructions and share ideas with peers to complete

tasks. Students recognise that spoken language has a range of purposes and audiences and use this knowledge when attempting to communicate effectively with others. They investigate the different types and organisational patterns of common spoken texts and recognise features within them.

Students read and view short literary and factual texts, using an increasing variety of skills and strategies including context, grammar, word usage and phonics to make connections between their own experiences and information in texts. Students read, interpret and discuss texts, including visual and multimedia texts, using a range of skills and strategies. They explore and identify ways texts differ according to purpose, audience and subject and understand that people produce texts. Students recognise the basic structure and grammatical features of a limited range of text types.

Students write simple literary and factual texts on familiar topics for known readers by planning and reviewing their writing. They write using basic grammatical features and conventions of punctuation, showing awareness of different purposes, audiences and subject matter. Students spell using knowledge of sight words, letter-sound correspondence and other strategies. They write using letters of consistent size and slope in NSW Foundation Style and use computer technology to produce texts, recognising simple conventions, language and functions.