English encompasses the knowledge and skills students need to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school. A high level of competency in English enhances a student’s ability to develop into a creative thinker, well informed citizen and confident communicator.

The Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum: English is the basis for programming and planning. The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Teaching and learning programs show balance and integration of all three strands. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.

The Literacy strand

Is about expanding the repertoire of skills that enable students to use and produce a range of text to learn and communicate confidently at school and in later life. These skills include listening to, reading, and viewing a variety of texts for different purposes, and speaking, writing and creating texts in print, visual and audio form accurately and purposefully, in a variety of formats, within and across all learning areas.

The Language strand

Knowing about the English language. This encompasses knowing about the structure and organisation of texts, Expressing and developing ideas, and the understanding of letter / sound knowledge, grammar, structures and features of English.

The Literature strand

Encompasses understanding and appreciating literature as well as responding to, analysing and creating literature.

Resources and programs

Durack School uses various resources to support our English programs. A well-resourced library and ease with which students can access digital technology also enhances literacy teaching and learning.


The Parents and Teachers Targeting Every Reader program in the Early Years where parents are invited into classrooms to support students with their daily reading practice.

Jolly Phonics

A fun and child centered approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically).

Jolly Grammar

Teaches a wide range of language forms including the parts of speech, plurals, punctuation, and the tenses past, present, and future. It also teaches a wide range of spelling rules, including defining aspects such as the short vowels.

Words Their Way

A word study developmental approach to the teaching of spelling.

Sheena Cameron

A collection of reading resources.

Home Reading Program

Home reading is encouraged for all age groups to develop the love of reading through including a mix of books being read ‘to’ children, ‘with’ children and ‘by’ children.

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School opening Times

Students are supervised from 7.50am. Please do not drop children at school before this time.

Students: 8:05am - 2:30pm Front Office: 7:45am - 3:15pm

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