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English / Literacy 

What is Literacy about?

Literacy is about learning to use, create and enjoy the Literacy language in all its forms – oral, written and visual communication.

How is Literacy structured in the New Zealand Curriculum?

Literacy is structured into two interconnected strands:

Making Meaning  |  listening, reading and viewing.

Creating Meaning  |  speaking, writing and presenting.

Students need to practice making meaning and creating meaning at each level of the curriculum.

How is Literacy taught at our school.

We believe that our students need to practice making and creating meaning for the following purposes:

  • To Entertain

  • To Inform

  • To Instruct

  • To Persuade





Reading Eggs
Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities


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. 

Access to thousands of books, videos and quizzes from leading publishers to help kids everywhere read, learn and grow. 

At our school students will be immersed in a literacy rich environment that provides motivation, quality teaching, modelling and celebrates their learning.

Students will be taught in ways that best cater for their specific learning needs as identified through a range of formative and summative assessments.

Students that have been identified as not achieving will be catered for through support in Reading Recovery, Learning Support, IEP’s and support from appropriate outside agencies (Rt-Lit., RTLB, Speech and Language Therapy etc)


Teaching and learning is supported by shared learning intentions

  • Appropriate teaching and learning resources, equipment and games will guide and enhance the teaching and learning of Literacy

  • Provide a balanced programme that addresses student needs, builds on prior knowledge and provides opportunities to use new learning within other contexts and/or learning areas

  • Students will be accurately assessed and taught to meet their learning needs at the appropriate level

  • At risk students are identified and are provided with appropriate support

  • All classes will have enriching and productive learning environments and established routines and expectations

  • Gaps in learning will be identified at all levels and appropriate programmes developed within the classroom

Community Library

The school library is a central hub supporting every student and staff member, as well as parents and whānau. The library combines several elements — library staff, resources, and space. Each of these plays an important part in supporting teaching and learning. School libraries are most effective when these elements combine to form an integrated whole.

An effective school library:

  • improves student outcomes — collections developed for your unique school community enrich reading and learning programmes

  • welcomes people in — the library is a safe place, that values and includes students from different cultures and backgrounds

  • brings people and information together — connections with other libraries and information sources enhance your library’s collections, and help your library staff help users find what they need

  • embodies the principles of ‘learner agency’ — students having the independence to choose their own reading, and to find resources that help them develop their interests and strengths at their own pace

  • helps close the education gap — for students who might otherwise be disadvantaged, the library can provide access to the stories, information, and technology they need.

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