The study of English at Calwell High School is creative, exciting and intellectually inspiring. Including studies in classical and contemporary literature and film, students develop skills to experiment with ideas and expression.

We offer a range of opportunities for the students to learn about the power, value and art of the English language for communication, knowledge and pleasure.

Debating and public speaking are integral to the course of study. The confidence to address an audience is a critical skill for the future.

English at Calwell High School has been designed around a thematic, semester long program, to allow students and staff the opportunity to explore and develop class topics in depth.

Each year program is developed to ensure, that all students are supported through the foundations of literacy, with a strong focus on spelling, grammar and punctuation, which is embedded within each unit.  All units provide students with opportunities to develop their skills in the major skills sets of English: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Teachers of English consistently reflect on the current units, as well as develop new units of work, to ensure the faculty is providing a dynamic and needs appropriate curriculum for our students. We encourage students to extend themselves by taking the opportunity to participate in academic competitions for English such as: the ICAS competitions in Writing and Spelling; Lit Links; MS-Readathon; Prime Minister's Reading Challenge; poetry and writing competitions.

All year groups have set assessment tasks, which are moderated, to ensure accuracy and fairness in marking and provide an opportunity for staff to evaluate the appropriateness of the task for each year group.

English Thematic Unit Topics

Thematic units provide teachers and students with the opportunity to engage in topics that interest the class as a whole. This allows teachers to develop a program that supports the students' interests. Each unit incorporates the use of a text that may include a novel, short stories or poems as well as a dedicated lesson for spelling and grammar. Additional writing tasks are incorporated that explore a variety of text types. All teachers follow a set program that appropriately provides a sequence of learning for all students through years 7 to 10.

In Years 7&8 students may do one of the following units: Introduction to English; Poetry; Travel around the World; Myths and Legends; Current Events; Popular Culture; or Survival.

In Years 9&10 students may do one of the following units: Horror; Poetry; Science Fiction; Comedy; Classics; People of Influence; or Crime and Suspense.

Each unit has been designed to align with the Australian Curriculum and their corresponding Achievement Standards. All units cover the three strands of the Australian Curriculum: literacy, literature and language. This approach ensures a well-rounded coverage of English is provided for each student. Many of the units also have a strong cross-curricular focus to help students develop a deep understanding of the unit and a more universal approach to learning.

Students are able to explore the topics through a variety of activities some of which include: creative responses; use of ICT; film and novel study; music; media and art. The units are designed to build from their learning in primary school and develop their skills to ensure preparation for college.