Literacy is the foundation upon which all learning is built. At Victoria Road our ultimate goal in literacy is to develop independent life‐long readers and writers who comprehend and communicate effectively. We achieve this through our consistent approach to teaching Literacy.
At Victoria Road we incorporate a variety of approaches to ensure your child is receiving the best possible teaching and learning practices in literacy. We have the strong belief that a successful Literacy program includes a balance of differentiated instructional methods and a range of strategies in Reading and Writing.
Some of our approaches are as follows;
In Foundation to Year 2 we follow the spelling program Get Reading Right
Years 3 to 6 follow the program THRASS.
Both programs are explicit phonics programmes that have been specifically designed to teach children about the 44 speech sounds (phonemes) in spoken English and their related 120 spelling choices or graphemes in written English.
During the reading workshop students are taught to:
Speaking and Listening:
Oral language is a key element in literacy development. Students will regularly engage in activities that improve their ability to communicate through explicit instructions on what successful listening and speaking looks like. Many speaking and listening activities are also integrated through the Reading, Writing, Spelling and Vocabulary sessions of the school day.
VRPS follows a whole school approach to writing. Through explicit teaching of text structure and the 6+1 Writing Traits, students are equipped with the skills needed to become successful communicators. Our Writing sessions incorporate a range of approaches to writing instruction focussing on whole class, small group and individual needs. Students work independently to create a text related to the whole class focus. Teachers conduct conferences with specific students to support learning needs. At the end of a workshop teachers provide time to share and celebrate the students’ work and achievements.
During the Writers Workshop students are taught to: