Croydon Hills Literacy Program
The Literacy Program at Croydon Hills Primary School incorporates 3 interconnected components of our English language: reading, writing and speaking & listening. Since 2017, the Victorian Curriculum underpins the knowledge and skills which students develop during their primary school years.
At CHPS all students are engaged in our Literacy Program for two hours each day. Our Literacy Program incorporates whole class teaching, small group and individual work based on student needs. Whole class reflection of student learning is included at the end of each session.
All students are expected to read daily, both at home and at school. Each child is also able to access their personal Reading Eggs/Eggspress account at school and at home.
Reading and Viewing:
Students are constantly challenged to further develop their reading skills, to both foster their love of reading and develop of strong comprehension skills in order to become critical, deeper thinkers. Students are supported to develop skills in comprehension (I understand what I read); accuracy (I can read the words); fluency (I can read accurately, with expression, and understand what I read) and developing broad vocabulary (I know, find, and use interesting words). Across all levels, there is strong emphasis on six key comprehension strategies: using prediction and prior knowledge; thinking aloud and asking questions; visualising during reading; looking at text structure; visual representation (we don’t just read books, we read charts, graphs, tables); summarising during and after our reading.
Writing involves students in the active process of conceiving, planning, composing, editing and publishing a range of texts. Writing involves using appropriate language for particular purposes or occasions, both formal and informal, to express and represent ideas and experiences, and to reflect on these aspects. It involves the development of knowledge about strategies for writing. Students develop understandings and skills to use language conventions (grammar, punctuation, spelling) at an appropriate standard for their year levels. Our whole-school approach to writing has classroom teachers modelling various genres, students choosing their own writing topics, writers’ notebooks, student/teacher conferencing and students regularly sharing their writing with peers, for both enjoyment and to gain feedback from classmates. Students are encouraged to publish their works, which includes, but is not limited to, digital forms. Handwriting is also an important element of the writing program and is explicitly taught from Foundation to Year 4.
Speaking and Listening:
Speaking and Listening refers to the various formal and informal ways oral language is used to convey and receive meaning. It involves the development and demonstration of knowledge about the appropriate oral language for particular audiences and occasions, including body language and voice. It also involves the development of active-listening strategies and an understanding of the conventions of different spoken texts.
Formal testing includes Running Records, PAT Reading, teacher created and moderated assessments, NAPLAN and optional UNSW tests.
Informal assessment includes reading and writing assessment records, anecdotal notes and teacher observation.
Formal, written student reports indicating student achievement in the Literacy program are provided to parents at the end of each semester.