Reading: Our Fountas & Pinnell reading program instils a passion for reading in our students by allowing them to choose books that they are interested in from our well stocked library as well as ‘just right’ books that are specifically for their level.
In Years 4 to 6, the children use the CAFÉ strategies to decode text and comprehend what they have read. CAFÉ stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary.
The students are then split into fluent groupings to partake in activities at their particular reading level and on skills they are ready for. The teacher takes one of these groups and is able to focus on an area of need for that group.
Children enjoy using THRASS to explore the common sounds of letters and they are exposed to other sounds that letters represent.
All students at Bolinda Primary School are introduced to VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) from their Foundation year. By the time the students are in the senior years, they have developed an in-depth understanding of what is expected from their writing.
The students sit a fortnightly BIG WRITE (a chance to showcase their new skills) and once a term sit a COLD WRITE, an assessment piece used for their reports, but also for future individual goals. VCOP allows for differentiation so that all learners are starting at their point of need.
Speaking and Listening:
Children are exposed to many informal and formal speaking and listening activities. They are encouraged to interact with their peers and adults. They listen to and respond to texts, communicating their ideas. They learn to take turns when speaking and change their voice to suit different situations.
Each class follows the same numeracy lesson structure – a structure designed to get the most out of each day’s session. We begin with introducing the learning intention and co-creating the success criteria for the session with the students. We discuss prior knowledge and practical applications for the skill in the real world.
Following this, we explicitly teach and model the current skill, then hand it over to the students through a range of hands on activities and personalised tasks. The students are then given time to practice their own personal goals and if time, demonstrate their learning to the class.
Finally, students are given an opportunity to reflect on their learning, with their thoughts catalogued in class numeracy journals. We use a mixture of materials and utilise digital technologies including interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads to assist with teaching.
Throughout the year ICT is embedded in all programs to consolidate learning by using a different media.Inquiry topics are based on the Victorian Curriculum and are strongly linked to all other areas.Below is a list of our topics throughout the year:
- TERM ONE – Participating in my community
- TERM TWO – The First Fleet
- TERM THREE – How our environment sustains all life
- TERM FOUR – We are Inventors