Literacy is an integral part of how we communicate with others every day. At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School we aim to provide all students with the opportunity to write with purpose, read for meaning and develop skills for speaking and listening.
This is not only important for communication but also for their learning. We use explicit foci to target student’s individual needs, catering for children of all abilities. Priority is also given to important skills such as spelling, grammar and punctuation. Our Literacy programme uses contemporary teaching and learning practices that prepare students to be lifelong learners.
At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School we aim:
- to develop each child’s competence, confidence and enjoyment in speaking and listening in order to communicate effectively with others.
- to develop each child’s ability to read, understand and respond to all text types.
- to develop children’s interest and pleasure in reading, so that they can read independently, understand the meaning and express preferences about their reading.
- to ensure that children read with fluency, accuracy and understanding across a range of texts, both fiction and nonfiction.
- to develop the student’s ability to construct and convey meaning in a variety of written genres.
- to develop pupils’ understanding that writing is essential to thinking and learning across all curriculum areas
- to enjoy writing and to see the value of it.
At St Anthony’s we teach according to the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum (http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/index.aspx) outlines what is essential for all Australian students to learn during their time at school from Prep to Year 10. They provide a set of common standards which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.
We make Literacy exciting and engaging through a variety of strategies. We understand the important role that oral language plays and this is addressed through our innovative Discovery Play Program in the Junior school. Writing, reading, speaking and listening skills are explicitly taught and are then practised across a range of curriculum areas to enhance learning. We teach our children to read and then use reading to learn.