One of our Prep programs to teach Spelling/Reading and Writing is “Jolly Phonics”. The students learn how to relate sounds to symbols using interactive singing and movement games. It’s lots of fun and the children find it easy to learn phonics.
To help teach Grammar and Punctuation we have adopted a program called Kung Fu Punctuation. The children learn karate movements and associate them with punctuation. It’s a fun way of remembering to use capitals and full stops.
Our students doing Kung Fu Punctuation
We are very proud of our innovative reading program. This program has maximised student engagement and produced amazing results by responding to the needs of each student.
Students are explicitly taught reading strategies and how to use them in their reading. Their skills and understandings are reinforced in small group and one– to- one teaching.
Students are supported to select ‘good fit’ books that interest them from the classroom library. These books have just enough challenge in them to support and develop students’ use of these strategies. Students challenge themselves and create personal learning goals. They then participate in focussed independent reading and partner reading to practise strategies that have been introduced.
Independent reading // Individual Conferring // Guided Groups
Students are inspired to respond to their world and record their ideas in a range of ways. They use their experiences and visual prompts to create narratives, persuasive texts, informative reports and poems. Students utilise technology and a range of materials to publish their work.
We also explicitly teach students how to develop their vocabulary and use new words in their written pieces.
Oral Language, Vocabulary Development & Communication
Proficiency in oral language is a vital tool for thought and communication. Fluent oral language allow students to think through their ideas, actions and reasoning, and therefore articulate effectively when reading and writing. We support students to develop comprehensive speaking and listening skills that foster the development of all forms of communication. We use a range of engaging visual prompts and explicit modelling to prompt students to listen to others and express their own understandings
We place the highest priority on supporting all students to achieve their best and feel successful. Teachers consistently monitor the progress of students and respond to their individual learning needs providing support or extension where necessary.
‘LLI’ Leveled Literacy Intervention
We have a structured intervention program in place for those students needing extra support in Literacy. The LLI program addresses individual needs and is delivered by trained facilitators in a 1 to 3 or 4 ratio.
It is imperative to us that every child be given every opportunity to succeed and reach their potential.
Levelled Literacy Intervention
Literacy is a priority focus. We have an extremely successful reading program that explicitly teaches our students to read using critical Literacy skills. Our program is so successful that we have many visitors from other schools who want to learn about the program. Our children not only read with expression and fluency, they read with deep understanding and are able, even in Prep, to discuss ideas and concepts in a sophisticated way. Our Reading program is linked to a strong focus on oral language which develops children’s vocabulary and builds children’s confidence. In addition to this we have an explicit program in place across the whole school that teaches children spelling rules as well as grammar and punctuation. These foundational skills are critical if children are going to get the most of their education.