Literacy

At Bolinda Primary we offer a program which promotes literacy skill development in reading and viewing, writing, and speaking and listening in a supportive and stimulating environment. Planning for the Literacy Program is based on the Victorian Curriculum. The school has in place an assessment overview that has a whole school focus, directing the planning of individual student’s needs.

We provide a comprehensive English program for all children across the school. Our English Program promotes the development of literacy skills through the provision of daily literacy sessions. These literacy sessions are non-interrupted learning time for children Foundation to Year 6. Students engage in a minimum of two hours of literacy daily.

Our reading program is based on CAFÉ Reading Philosophy: engaging all students in Daily Assessment and Instruction. This program is based on the skills in Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. Students choose 3 ‘Just Right Books’ and 2 library choice books each a week and the students are challenged to read 15 minutes daily in class and nightly reading encouraged at home. Students are taught to make Daily Independent Reading Choices. Teachers explicitly teach one aspect of the CAFÉ Reading Menu. During sustained reading time the teacher conferences with children assessing students in reading skills from the CAFÉ menu in comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary.

 

Our writing is based on VCOP designed to make writing fun and to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Teachers are involved in writing moderation sessions once a term to ensure consistency and support in writing across the school. We have also recently undertaken Professional Learning from Education Consultant, Carmel Small, on scaffolding our writing instruction to meet the needs of all students.

In our spelling program from grades Foundation to six we utilise the THRASS phonetics teaching tool and Words Their Way. WTW enables the teacher to identify the sound/s the students are struggling with and cater to each student’s individual needs. Our spelling results on NAPLAN have indicated that our spelling practices are working with the students.

Information and Communications Technology is incorporated in our English programs and students from Foundation to six have access to the program Reading Eggs.

Reading Intervention and Literacy support programs is provided through our Personalised Learning Approach.
Parent involvement is supported and encouraged in the classroom and as reading helpers.

Bolinda PS is well resourced in both classrooms and our school library. Students are given an opportunity to attend library sessions on a weekly basis with their class.