With small Literacy class sizes at Cape Clear Primary School, we are able to focus on small group and individual writing instruction. We follow, model and teach current Literacy practices which maximise student growth, learning and connectedness to the other elements of a good Literacy program including Reading and Oral language and Listening Skills. We follow the Cape Clear Primary School Instructional Model which focuses on a mini lesson, student work time, a supported catch up, clarifying time, followed by more work time and a sharing time which allows for peer and teacher feedback and interaction. This is a particularly important time for students to acknowledge, share and learn from their own and other students’ achievements and also allows for student voice and agency. Writing conferences with the teacher are an integral part of the writing process, where both the student and the teacher can celebrate achievements and plan for future growth and development. Our planning strongly refers to a whole school Literacy approach with reference to recommended texts such as ‘6+1 Traits of Writing’ by Ruth Culham and of course the Victorian Curriculum.
At Cape Clear Primary School, our reading program offers a wide range of reading opportunities and experiences for both instructional and recreational purposes. With small Literacy groups, we are able to focus on small group and individual instruction at each child’s point of need and development. We utilise a graded reading scheme as well as eBooks on PM eCollection and RAZ Reading. Reading material is supported, interesting and divergent in content and interest level. Our reading program is carefully monitored for student engagement, comprehension and progress. Individual conferencing and instruction which also provides for student feedback and teacher/student forward planning is also a valuable component of our reading program. Our Buddy Reading program also allows for the social development of our students as older students listen to and assist our younger students with their reading, comprehension and oral language skills. We believe in a meaningful and integrated approach to our teaching and learning and our Reading Buddies program is an excellent example of this as it reinforces and extends our Respectful Relationships and student leadership programs.
Speaking and Listening
Our Oral language program is as diverse as it is important. We are fully aware of the importance of new vocab acquisition at all levels of the school as well as the great need for all students to express themselves clearly and confidently. Listening for questioning, understanding, elaborating or providing feedback are all part of a comprehensive oral language program. Speaking and listening skill development and opportunities are provided, scaffolded and developed in all areas of the curriculum. Student voice and agency as well as teacher / student and student /student conferences and discussions are all highly regarded aspects of our Oral language program.