Our literacy program successfully engages students across all Victorian Curriculum areas of reading, viewing, writing, speaking and listening. With a clear focus on learning intentions and success criteria, students work together in groups, or on individual learning tasks, on a range of evidence-based activities to develop and refine their English skills.

The Jolly Phonics phonemic approach uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form. This phonics curriculum focuses first on the basics of sounds in our language – phonemes. It then explores the letters that represent these sounds and how they can be put together to form written words. These concepts include prefixes, suffixes, Latin and Greek roots, synonyms, homophones and more. Jolly Phonics builds on each lesson from Prep through to Grade 6.

Julie Shepherd is a highly sought after classroom-based education consultant who has worked alongside our students and teachers for a number of years. She shares her wealth of experience and passion for language by modelling lessons, assisting with literacy planning and leading staff in professional development.

Our whole school approach to reading includes the CAFÉ model (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expression) – all essential elements of reading for meaning. The CAFÉ model also assists teachers to monitor, assess and guide student progress.

Our writing program also incorporates the VCOP and Big Write strategies. VCOP highlights the use of Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers & Punctuation. There are many activities for all ages and writing abilities to set goals and improve these areas of their writing. Students then practise their new skills ready for one of their main writing pieces – a Big Write. As the creator of this program, Ros Wilson explains that “if students can’t talk about it then they can’t write about it”. We encourage students throughout the year to also “talk” through their big ideas in the classroom and with family members to help prepare them for their Big Write literacy sessions.

School assemblies are great opportunities for students to share some of their written work and learning experiences with parents and their peers.

Individual learning plans are provided for all students who require them while education support staff work closely with those students who require additional support.

Our literacy program is also assisted by Literacy Planet – an engaging online program. Literacy Planet is used at school and home to further support literacy skills that include phonics, sight words, reading, spelling, comprehension, grammar and punctuation.