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Literacy

Each classroom from Year 1 to Year 7 plans for four two-hour literacy blocks across the week. Literacy is taught in two-hour dedicated literacy blocks — one hour writing, one hour reading. Speaking and listening to Standard Australian English will permeate all rich learning activities.

We believe best practice literacy teaching and learning can be achieved following a whole group-small group-whole group structure.


Hour one

  • Whole group focused reading.
  • Small group focused Learning Centres with a reading focus.
  • Whole group focused shared time — led by quality questioning by the teacher, focused on children's use of SAE.

Hour two

  • Whole group focused writing.
  • Small group focused Learning Centres with a writing focus.
  • Whole group focused shared time — led by quality questioning by the teacher, focused on children's use of SAE.

We believe for best practice literacy teaching and learning to occur the following teaching strategies need to be employed in the classroom.

  • Language experience.
  • Reading aloud to children.
  • Shared reading.
  • Guided reading.
  • Independent reading.
  • Modelled writing.
  • Shared writing.
  • Guided writing.
  • Independent writing.
  • Quality reading focused learning centres.
  • Quality writing focused learning centres.

Details of whole group focused time

  • Reading (10-15 minutes): Reading to/shared reading (books, poems, charts).
  • Writing (10-15 minutes): Modelled/shared writing.

This element of the classroom program sets the scene for small group work providing an initial teaching focus and a specific teaching of the visual information of print — including direct instruction in phonics, spelling and high frequency words. This is teacher-directed time.


Details of small group focused time

  • Guided reading (30-40 minutes): Learning Centres in operation for the rest of the class.
  • Guided writing (30-40 minutes): Independent writing and activities to extend students' understandings of grammar and spelling

The small group teaching focus allows teachers to operate two guided reading lessons and either two guided writing lessons or one guided writing lesson and roving conferences in each one hour block.


Details of whole group focus shared time

Concluding section for both reading and writing sessions. Students reflect and articulate what they have learnt — oral language (10-15 minutes each for reading and writing).

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