The Australian English Curriculum aims to educate our students to listen, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose.

Students have the opportunity to 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.

The curriculum is organised into three interrelated strands that support students' growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English (English). Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are:

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

At St Francis Xavier we aim to ensure each student experiences success and we facilitate this learning through a range of targeted approaches to support the three strands. Some of the teaching and learning approaches at SFX are:

  • A whole-school spelling program
  • Reading to Learn and guided reading groups to enhance comprehension skills
  • Lessons designed with clear learning intentions and achievable success criteria

You can read further details around the Australian Curriculum: English at