At Bolinda Primary we promote 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 a whole school focus assessment overview that directs the planning of the individual student’s needs.
Our reading program is based on CAFÉ Reading Philosophy: engaging all students in Daily Assessment and Instruction. Students choose 3 ‘Just Right Books’ and 2 library choice books each week and are challenged to read 15 minutes daily in class and nightly reading at home. Teachers explicitly teach one aspect of the CAFÉ Reading Menu. During sustained reading time, the teacher conferences with students, assessing reading skills in comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary.
Our writing is based on VCOP designed to make writing fun so 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.
From Foundation to Grade 6, we utilise the THRASS phonetics teaching tool. Our spelling results on NAPLAN have indicated that our spelling practices are working with the students.
Reading Intervention and Literacy support programs are 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 all classrooms and our school library. Students are given an opportunity to attend library sessions on a weekly basis.