Thu 2nd August
The Middle School’s English programme has been designed to provide a smooth transition from Primary language and literature programs to the more academic focus present in the later years of schooling. Students also take part in our Townsville Grammar School Writing Competition.
Year 7 English programme is deliberately flexible, allowing for negotiation and collaboration in this first vital year of Middle School. This dynamic program includes a language skills lesson each week based on "English Basics" and incorporating weekly homework activities, our wide reading programme, and regular creative writing activities. Students explore and create a wide range of written, spoken and visual texts.
A language skills lesson each week based on English Skills Builder 1 and incorporating weekly homework activities is the cornerstone of our Year 8 English programme. This is crucial in order to develop effective homework patterns and an excellent foundation in vocabulary and basic literacy skills. Throughout this programme, students cover topics such as descriptive and creative writing as well as novel and genre studies. Students also study how representations are constructed in both visual and literary texts.
The focus of the Year 9 English programme shifts to include a detailed analysis of the styles of writing required in Senior English. Students continue their work through their English Skills Builder 2 textbooks. Students are asked to create a range of written and spoken genres, from an analytical essay, dramatic play script and employment package to presenting persuasive speeches. Students consolidate their basic language skills and continue to develop those critical literacy techniques which are so important in Senior English.