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English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

It includes:

  • Talking and listening
  • Reading
  • Writing


For age group 4 to 6 Years of age it is acceptable for children to use finger-pointing as a means of developing coordination between eye and voice (voice / print match) as well as learning the directionality of print. When reading to your child, run your fingers along under the word without pausing. Finger-point should cease naturally as the child gains confidence with reading.


Handwriting is an important aspect of the learning process. Attention in school is still given to: pencil grip, letter formation, spacing, neatness and fluency. It is important to have a balance between neatness and fluency in handwriting so as not to affect students’ expression of ideas. The goal is to keep handwriting in perspective whilst encouraging children to develop their writing skills.