The study of English at Pymble is underpinned by an approach that fosters reflective thinking and a growth mindset. Teaching and learning is personalised: learning opportunities are differentiated to cater to students’ needs, interests and abilities and students are afforded a range of choices within the curriculum. Opportunities for students to set personal learning targets based on regular feedback and reflection on their learning promotes cognitive and creative risk-taking, experimentation and independence. This approach serves to build a collaborative culture for learning where thinking processes and personal progress are made visible, then harnessed for life-long endeavour.
Congruent with the Australian Curriculum is the English Department’s belief that language and learning is recursive and develops through ever-widening contexts. This is reflected in the conceptual through-lines for each stage of learning, as students are challenged to broaden and deepen their understanding of themselves and their world. Inter-cultural understanding, personal and social capability, ethical understanding, the power of language and technology are all areas for focus and development.
The study of English at Pymble thereby enables students to take their place as confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers and informed and responsible participants in the world.