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.

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Literacy Websites to Support Your Child’s Learning in Reading

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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.
Oxford Owl Enjoy helpful tips and activities to support your children’s learning and discover 250 eBooks.
East Coast Bays Library ebooks A range of ebooks and online resources/magazines available.
How to Help at Home Ministry of Education suggestions for parents and caregivers.
TVNZ Goodnight Kiwi Stories Create an account and login to TVNZ on demand, to watch New Zealand stories online.
Starfall Phonics Learning Helpful phonics activities.
Storyline Online A library of videos with a range of celebrities reading pictures books aloud.
Sunshine Online Sunshine Online will help your child learn to read and develop important skills as they become independent readers.
Epic Access to thousands of books, videos and quizzes from leading publishers to help kids everywhere read, learn and grow.