We aim to ensure success for all in our literacy program, adopting a differentiated learning approach that supports our students to meet or exceed national benchmarks.

The program, which features a balance of tried-and-true and technology-based activities, develops students’ skills and knowledge in the key areas of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Viewing

The school has a consistent approach to the teaching of writing that has been developed with the support of an external consultant. Students are given free choice in their writing for much of the time, supported by their own personal ‘Writer’s Notebooks’. They are also systematically taught a range of text types through teacher modelling and exposure to mentor texts, and are given practice and feedback to create and publish their own texts.

Early Years

From prep to year 2, students are given a solid foundation in the fundamentals of literacy. We use a comprehensive approach which incorporates a phonics program, flexible small group instruction at the students’ point of need and a range of evidence-based strategies such as guided reading and interactive writing.

Students in year 1 who are identified at risk in the area of reading may be offered a place in our Reading Recovery program.

Years 3 - 6

In the later years of primary school, we aim to develop students’ independence as critical consumers and creators of written, spoken and viewed texts. Strategies expand to include activities such as literature circles and reciprocal reading, underpinned by a continued emphasis on basic literacy skills including grammar, spelling and comprehension.