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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.

The Quality Teaching Framework guides the teaching of English at New Lambton Public School. Programs are implemented to maximise student outcomes. Differentiation of the curriculum provides learning opportunities for all students.

At New Lambton Public School we have a commitment to ensure our students achieve the best possible English learning outcomes through the delivery of inclusive programs.

All students at New Lambton Public School participate in Responding and Composing experiences.  English is taught explicitly and systematically through the use of modelled, guided and independent activities. Strategies are developed to allow students to build on current knowledge which they can transfer to new and varied contexts across other Key Learning Areas.

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning at New Lambton Public School. Well-designed assessment is central to engaging students and is closely aligned to the outcomes within a stage. Our effective assessment increases student engagement in their learning and leads to enhanced student outcomes.

Language is central to students’ intellectual, social and emotional development. Learning experiences at New Lambton Public School assist students to become competent in English and to use language effectively in a range of contexts.

Responding and Composing are interrelated and each one contributes to the development of the other. Through responding to and composing texts from Kindergarten to Year 6, students learn about the power, value and art of the English language for communication, knowledge and enjoyment.

By composing and responding with imagination, feeling, logic and conviction, students develop an understanding of themselves and of human experience and culture. They develop clear and precise skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing, and knowledge and understanding of language forms and features and structures of texts. Students at New Lambton Public School become imaginative and confident users of a range of electronic and digital technologies and understand and reflect on the ongoing impact of these technologies on society. These skills and understandings allow them to develop their control of language in ways that will help them in lifelong learning, in their future careers and in life.

Working with text


This activity occurs when students read, listen to or view texts. It encompasses the personal and intellectual connections a student makes with texts. It also recognises that students and the texts to which they respond reflect social contexts. 

Responding involves

  • Reading, listening and viewing that depend on, but go beyond, the decoding of texts. 
  • Identifying, comprehending, selecting, articulating, imagining, critically analysing and evaluating, 
  • Shaping and arranging textual elements to explore and express ideas, emotions and values. 


This activity occurs when students produce written, spoken or visual texts.

Composing involves

  • Shaping and arranging textual elements to explore and express ideas, emotions and values. 
  • The processes of imagining, organsing, analysing, drafting, appraising, synthesising, reflecting and refining.
  • Knowledge, understanding and use of the language forms, features and structure of texts. 
  • Awareness of audience and purpose. 

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