At St. Therese School we believe that Literacy gives children skills for lifelong learning in the 21st century.

We aim to foster an atmosphere where students of all abilities are given the opportunity to develop skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and viewing in a positive and language enriched environment. We will include elements which support the learner, enable the learner and engage the learner in the Contemporary world; using explicit teaching that evokes powerful learning. This involves creating and interacting with print, non-print and multimodal texts to learn skills to effectively communicate in a global society in many forms for a variety of reasons.

We have a Contemporary approach to our literacy learning and teaching which allows students to make choices within a structure and is supported with explicit teaching of literacy skills. To assist the students to achieve this, we use the Daily 5 structure, a well researched approach to success in literacy.
The Daily 5 is a Literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five daily tasks that are introduced individually and explicitly modelled by the teacher.
The five daily tasks include:
1. Read to Self
2. Read to Someone
3. Listen to Reading
4. Work on Writing
5. Word Work/Spelling

At St Therese we use different forms of assessment, both external and internal, to monitor the learning of all students in Literacy. This assessment is ongoing from P – 6, and allows us to focus on students’ strengths and challenges in Literacy.

Because children develop skills at different rates, we offer extra support in reading through programs such as Reading Recovery and ERIK. Reading Recovery is available to Year 1 students who are identified through testing as needing extra support with their learning. ERIK is a program used in Years 3 & 4 that focuses on accuracy and comprehension.


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