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Essence Statement

English is the study, use, and enjoyment of the English language and its literature, communicated orally, visually, and in writing, for a range of purposes and audiences and in a variety of text forms. Learning English encompasses learning the language, learning through the language, and learning about the language.

Understanding, using, and creating oral, written, and visual texts of increasing complexity is at the heart of English teaching and learning. By engaging with text-based activities, students become increasingly skilled and sophisticated speakers and listeners, writers and readers, presenters and viewers, (pg 18 English Curriculum)


English is structured around 2 interconnected strands:

  • Making meaning (listening, reading and viewing)
  • Creating meaning (speaking, writing and presenting)

Within each strand are achievement objectives encompassing processes and strategies through which students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes related to:

  • Text purposes and audiences
  • Ideas within language contexts
  • Language features that enhance texts
  • The structure and organisation of texts

Onehunga Primary Concept Curriculum Plan

English is integrated throughout our concept curriculum.

Organisation of English in school

Opportunities for students to involve themselves and use their skills to engage with tasks and texts include:

  • Leading school assemblies
  • Welcoming, hosting and thanking visitors
  • Participating in speech competition
  • Daily cross curricular learning
  • Opportunities inside and outside the classroom
  • Digital learning and sharing of learning
  • Interschool speech competitions
  • Participation in community events (eg. Onehunga Bay festival)
  • Newsletter

Assessment and Monitoring

Student achievement in English is assessed through:

  • Teacher observations, anecdotal notes/ conversations
  • Formative assessment practices (ie. Running records, Supplementary Tests of Achievement in Reading (STAR), Electronic Assessment for Teaching and Learning (e-asTTle), 5.1 checks, Observation Surveys, SOLO rubrics, peer and self assessment, curriculum exemplars, English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP)s, Literacy Learning Progressions, National Standards, Probe )
In the past, ICAS tests were paper-based. This year 2019, the students will now take these tests online.
Because of our limited digital resources, OPS will no longer provide this assessment. Hopefully in the near future, this will be driven again. 

Students in need of extra support are identified through ongoing assessment. Extra support includes:

  • Reading recovery
  • ESOL
  • Teacher aides
  • Peer tutoring
  • Volunteer support
  • Resource teacher of Literacy
  • RTLB


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