St Andrew’s School has a whole school approach aimed at ensuring that all students make progress and achieve success in Literacy. In the Junior classrooms this involves students participating in a two hour, daily literacy block, which includes a Reading hour and a Writing hour.
The literacy programs are data driven, with teachers continuously monitoring and assessing their students’ progress in order to ensure that appropriate learning activities are organised. Within each session the students are involved in whole class, small group activities and independent learning experiences. Group work includes independent tasks as well as focused learning with the teacher.
As students move into the Middle and Senior School, Years 3-6, development of literacy skills occur not only in the Reading and Writing block but also through our Integrated Curriculum, to ensure that students are applying literacy skills across all curriculum areas.
Specific outcomes for English are taken from AUSVELS Australian & Victorian Essential Learning Standards. A range of teaching approaches, strategies and resources are utilised to assist students in their literacy development.