At Forrest Hill we believe that by understanding how language works, students are then equipped to make appropriate language choices and they can then apply this understanding in a range of contexts. Our students learn to deconstruct and critically interrogate texts in order to understand the power of language to enrich and shape their own and others’ lives.

Students appreciate and enjoy different forms of texts that are connected to authentic learning experiences. We study New Zealand and world literature to contribute to our students’ developing sense of identity, their awareness of New Zealand’s bicultural heritage, and their understanding of their place in the world.

We believe that success in English is fundamental to success across the curriculum and presents students with opportunities to engage with and develop the key competencies in diverse contexts.

The delivery of English is structured around two interconnected strands, each encompassing the oral, written, and visual forms of the language.

  • Making meaning of ideas or information they receive (Listening, Reading, and Viewing)
  • Creating meaning for themselves or others (Speaking, Writing, and Presenting)

At Forrest Hill we carefully monitor and report on the progress that our students make within each strand. Using a set of underpinning processes and strategies, students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding related to:

  • Text purposes and audience;
  • Ideas within language contexts;
  • Language features that enhance texts;
  • The structure and organisation of texts.