Bayswater South Primary School bases its English curriculum on AusVELS. AusVELS provides a single curriculum for levels Foundation (Prep) to Year 10 that incorporates the Australian Curriculum as it is progressively developed within a framework that reflects particular Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning. This curriculum offers flexibility for teachers to tailor their teaching in ways that provides relevant and engaging learning and assessment opportunities for all students, regardless of their abilities.


The Australian English curriculum aims to ensure that students:
• learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose.
• appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue.
• understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning.
• develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

There are 3 strands in the area of English:
• Language: knowing about the English language.
• Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature.
• Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.

At Bayswater South, students participate in Reader’s Workshop literacy activities which focus on developing students' strategic comprehension strategies.

These strategies are; Making Connections, Predicting, Questioning, Monitoring, Summarising and Visualising.


Students are offered 4- 5 hours of Reading Literacy per week.

Students participate in 4 – 5 hours of writing per week and are introduced to a variety of writing genres such as; Recounts, Narratives, Persuasive, Information Reports, Poetry and Explanations.

At Bayswater South we offer intervention programs for students at risk. Students are withdrawn from class individually or in small groups by trained personnel and staff to deliver the program.


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