Our English program aims to develop the reading, writing and speaking and listening skills of students from Prep through to Year 6. This is done through a variety of approaches to ensure students receive the best possible teaching and learning experiences suited to their needs.

Teachers use student data to plan for and target the needs of individual students through a number of approaches, such as guided reading and strategy groups. All students' literacy growth is monitored by appropriate assessments such as online interview testing, formal tests, running records and close observations.

Students develop their oral language, reading and writing skills through participating in language experiences. The language experience approach integrates speaking and listening, reading and writing through the development of a written text based on first hand experiences.

Through scaffolded talk, the teacher supports students to document experiences and ideas, using familiar and expanded vocabulary, modelling ways in which their thoughts and words can be written down and later read.

Students develop their comprehension skills in order to connect with and respond appropriately to texts. With support from teachers, they participate in reciprocal teaching and literature circles to consolidate and expand their comprehension skills.

Daily home reading is also strongly recommended and we encourage students to read levelled take home books, and books from our library and the community library. We are committed to working with parents to build effective home/school partnerships that support students. We also welcome Parent Helpers into our classrooms.

William Ruthven Primary School offers intervention programs available for students in Years 1 - 6 with a focus on developing phonological awareness, decoding strategies and increased comprehension skills. If you would like any more information about our extra support programs, please speak to Peter Marco (Assistant Principal).



Oliver: Our new library borrowing system

In 2020, we began the process of moving our school’s library borrowing system across to Oliver. Oliver is a web-based learning, teaching, information and library management tool that can be accessed at school and at home.


Students can:

  • View the entire library collection,
  • Read a short book summary,
  • Check whether the book is available for loan (or when it is due back).

We have put nearly 4500 books on the system - with around another 1000 books still to be put onto Oliver.


Students can borrow two books at a time.


View our library collection.