Baradine Central School

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

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their 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.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.

Helping your child to read

Parents play an important role in developing their child's reading ability. Here are six great ways to help with this vital skill.

  1. Together find information and interesting facts about things that intrigue or interest your child in books, magazines or on the internet. Read and talk about what you find out.
  2. Provide your child with plastic letters, crayons, pencils, chalk, pens and writing paper.
  3. Make things together and ask your child to read out simple directions (eg recipes while you cook together).
  4. Suggest that your child writes simple stories on the computer. Re-read and talk about the stories together or send an email response to them.
  5. Do crosswords and other types of word puzzles or word games together in books, magazines or on screen.
  6. Read the TV guide together from the paper or onscreen before watching a program