Literacy is a core area of the curriculum at all year levels. A daily two-hour literacy block is timetabled across the school, focusing on reading, writing and spelling. The literacy block includes the specific, targeted teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Skills learned at this time are applied, in a variety of ways, to all areas of the curriculum.
In the first year of school, the literacy focus is on phonemic and phonological awareness and letter sound relationships. We use the multisensory program Jolly Phonics, which is interactive, including singing, dancing and other engaging activities. Students then move towards applying this knowledge to their beginning reading and writing skills. More information on the literacy program and how to support your child at home is provided in our information night in Term 4.
We use the well-regarded, evidenced based spelling program Sounds Waves to explicitly teach spelling, grammar and vocabulary knowledge and skills. Students work on their individual, personalised spelling program 3 – 4 days per week.