Literacy is critical to a child’s education and promotes lifelong learning. We believe in a balanced approach to teaching literacy in all curriculum areas allowing substantial time for authentic reading, writing and discussion. Literacy needs to include a balance of reading, writing, speaking and listening strategies that meet the needs of all learners.
“At Pascoe Vale Primary School we believe that literacy is the ability to communicate, read, write, speak, listen, think critically and strategically.”
Literacy in action
The Victorian Curriculum English domain is organised into three interrelated strands:-
- Language – knowing about the English language,
- Literature – understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
- Literacy – expanding the repertoire of English usage.
Together the three strands focus on developing student’s knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing.
All our students participate in a daily 2 hour literacy block, which includes reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, speaking and listening. Our reading groups are fluid learning groups, where lessons are differentiated to meet the differing needs of our students.
Our students are given many opportunities to write for various purposes and audiences and in different genres. Home Reading: All our students are encouraged to read for at least 10 minutes per night. All our teachers follow our Reading Lesson Template, which includes a Learning Intention, Success Criteria, Vocabulary and a Teacher Focus Group.
We are working on a consistent approach to the teaching of spelling across the whole school. Children learn a great deal about spelling through reading and writing provides the authentic purpose for learning about spelling. Some of the areas we will look at is spelling patterns, onsets and rimes, contractions, letters, phonological awareness, plurals, sounds, compound words, homophones, prefixes, suffixes, proof reading, high frequency words and personal words.
Write, write, write! Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home. When writing, encourage your child to use the letter and sound patterns he is learning at school.