The approach to Literacy at St Finbar’s is based on AusVELS and the guidelines set in the Australian Curriculum area of English. We believe the Literacy Program we follow enhances the learning opportunities of each child as explicit instruction focuses on modelling the learning intention for each session. Reading and writing strategies are developed and goals are set through conferencing with the teacher. These are then explored further in smaller groups and individually with the students.
Each child is able to explore literacy through reading and viewing, listening and speaking; and writing, in a focused learning situation. Our students are empowered to think critically, read widely and communicate confidently in order to be successful and independent lifelong learners.
Through the use of CAFÉ Reading and the Daily 5 program; and developing deeper comprehension skills in Years 3-6 with the use of Literature Roles, our students learn to appreciate the use of language to discover facts, formulate opinions, inform others, to entertain an audience and to argue. Students are provided with opportunities to make connections and relate texts to the world, to themselves or to other texts.
Oral language is used to support writing through the development of enriched vocabulary. We use everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school to express and develop ideas according to audience and purpose.
Writing is planned for with a clear focus and learning intention visible to all students. We aim to incorporate The Seven Steps for successful writing, together with opportunities to develop writing and publish pieces for a real purpose. We are developing the use of a consistent approach to editing and publishing from F-6.Our assessment schedule has a range of formative and summative assessments that are utilized to inform teaching and learning across all levels.St Finbar’s also offers Reading Recovery programs to students at risk in year 1 with 12-20 weeks of intensive reading sessions. Other intervention programs are currently being explored to offer support to our students.