English is one of the eight learning areas specified in the New Zealand Curriculum document. It is described as

“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.” (NZC p18)

Literacy in English gives students access to the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be effective communicators.

In our classrooms you will see Literacy in a variety of forms; reading, writing, oral language and visual language.

The Home/School Literacy Partnership focuses on reading, in particular the huge benefits of reading to children throughout their primary years to promote vocabulary understanding and deeper comprehension.

Literacy Websites to Support Your Child’s Learning in Reading

Click on any of the Website Names below to visit their site

Website Name Notes
National Library Reviews of recent titles recommended as read aloud books
Carol Hurst Children’s literature site includes information about reading aloud and suggested titles for each level (focus on US title)
Mem Fox A passionate advocate of reading aloud.  Demonstrates on her site how to read aloud and provides wealth of articles and resources. See her ‘Ten read Aloud commandments’
Jim Trelease on Reading
Nancy Keane A list of read aloud books organised by theme, age group etc.
NZ Pacific Books Favourite read aloud books.
Good Reads Over 70 tried and tested great books to read aloud. A project of children’s laureate and author, Jacqueline Wilson
Oxford Owl Enjoy helpful tips and activities to support your children’s learning and discover 250 eBooks.
Reading Eggs Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.
Literacy Learning Progressions