Literacy


 

Our Literacy programs aim to make students confident and competent users of the written and spoken word. This involves developing students’ reading, writing, oral language and developing their comprehension and inferential skills.

At WRPS, Literacy and Inquiry learning are very much connected. Students across the school build and develop their literacy skills and knowledge through many interesting topics. They explore many multi-modal texts, are encouraged to write many various pieces in many different ways and expand their vocabulary through many hands on and engaging experiences.

 

All student Literacy growth is monitored by appropriate assessments such as online interview testing, formal tests, running records and close observations. This enables us to provide learning opportunities which cater for the individual needs of our students.

We celebrate our love for literacy at WRPS every day within our classrooms and on special days such as Book Week and Book Fair. We also participate in Scholastic Book Club – Terms 2-4 students can buy books and other literacy items from Scholastic which provides reward money to our school. In 2018, reward money from Book Club allowed us to update our F-2 take home readers.

F – 2

 

In the first few years of school we begin to build the necessary foundations that make independent, confident and creative readers and writers. We immerse ourselves in various engaging activities and experiences that build on our oral language. Together with the teacher, we begin to work with our peers to share our knowledge and ideas that develop our collaboration and thinking skills. When stepping into our F-2 Literacy lessons, you will see:

  • Jolly Phonics – A highly recommended phonics program that develops students’ knowledge of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds in a systematic order. Jolly Phonics uses engaging songs, stories and body actions to reinforce letter sounds. They then learn to put this knowledge to use when reading and writing.
  • Jolly Grammar – Once students are competent in phonics they move on to the next stage of their reading and writing where they begin to learn and revise basic grammar concepts.
  • Reading Groups – Students are given various engaging hands on and differentiated activities that focus on their particular needs and current class focus at that point in time.
  • Daily Handwriting – Focusing on the Victorian Modern Cursive
  • Daily Writing – Every Term, students work on various genres, learning their structures and building their vocabulary with each setting. They put their phonics and grammar knowledge into writing practice.
  • Ipads/Computers – Students use technology for various reading and writing activities.
  • Sunshine Online – Students in F-2 have access to Sunshine Online – an interactive website between the teacher and student that further develops their reading skills at home. Students have access to books to read on the computer, iPad or phone and can complete comprehension activities attached to each book. Once completed, students reading and results are sent to their teacher.
  • Oral Language/Developmental Play – As well as outside play, students are given scheduled time to have the opportunity to play with all students from F-2, developing many vital social, emotional, creative and thinking skills. They are given many activities that of their interest which allows students to also work on building vocabulary with one another and their fine motor skills.

3-6

 

As students move up into the later years of their primary education we understand the importance of fostering their early year’s knowledge and skills and begin to develop independent and critical thinking learners. We challenge students to collaborate with their peers and motivate each other to push themselves to succeed. Students work together with their teacher to set and achieve goals. When stepping into our 3-6 Literacy lessons you will see:

  • Jolly Grammar – Students continue to build on their grammar and spelling, working on more complex grammar concepts.
  • Reading Groups – Our reading groups are based around the 7 High Reliability Literacy Teaching Procedures (HRLTP) by Dr John Munro from Melbourne University. These strategies help students take their reading further by developing their summarising, analysing and questioning skills, and working with their peers to share this knowledge.
  • Daily Handwriting – Students begin to further their style based on the Victorian Modern Cursive
  • Daily Writing – Every Term, students work on various genres, further developing their knowledge on their structures and continuing to build a more complex vocabulary with each setting. They continue to put their grammar knowledge into writing practice and build their independence and stamina.
  • Writers Workshop – Students are given the opportunity to take ownership of their writing by being encouraged to choose their own topics of interest and use their literacy skills and knowledge to develop a piece of writing.
  • Ipads/Computers – Students continue to use technology for various reading and writing activities, building their knowledge from the early years.

Extra Support

At WRPS we know that all students learn in many different ways and paces. We strive to give every student an equal opportunity to make growth with their learning. We have various positive supports in place to ensure students are supported with their Literacy learning, they include:

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) support groups – Allocated teachers support students of an EAL background in and out of the classroom. They focus primarily on their speaking and listening skills.
  • Reading Intervention Program (RIP) – Students in this program are nominated by their classroom teacher in discussion with their families and welfare supports within the school.

If you would like any more information about our extra support programs, please speak to Peter Marco.