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Teachers plan learning experiences for students to develop their proficiencies in the areas of writing, reading, viewing, listening, and speaking. Our teaching and learning is based on the WA Curriculum, CEWA Literacy Position Statement and The Early Years Learning Framework.

We believe that all students should be given an opportunity to write, read and be read to each day. We recognise English as the foundation for success in all learning areas and an essential skill for students to become successful learners. We encourage our students to take risks through their English learning and teachers ensure that literacy skills are integrated throughout all areas of learning.

Students should be explicitly taught and explicitly modelled writing and reading skills.  Learning is differentiated for the different needs of each student and is a combination of individual, small group, and whole class learning. We believe in using written, verbal and hands-on activities to cater for the needs of all students. Learning intentions are clear and students know what they need to achieve through clear success. Our students are exposed to a rich print environment and a variety of language and literature. Our teachers create programs which are purposeful, connected to real life contexts, as well as reading and writing for pleasure.

Students are given the opportunity to reflect on their learning, given timely feedback and their progress is tracked. Diagnostic assessments are conducted at the beginning of each year to inform the starting points of each student. Ongoing assessment throughout the year is used to monitor student growth as achievements occur and to identify at risk students. Summative assessment is conducted at the end of each year to continue to track student progress. Standardised testing such as NAPLAN is also used to inform whole school literacy goals and focuses.

The delivery of the English curriculum is supported with a number of evidence based programs. PreLit is a systematic, skills-based program that lays a sound foundation for children to learn to read. This is taught in Kindergarten, with pre-literacy skills and concepts taught in an engaging way, focusing on phonological awareness and oral language development through structured storybook reading. InitiaLit is a whole-class literacy program, taught in Pre-Primary, Year One and Year Two. Students are provided with the essential core knowledge and strong foundations to become successful readers and writers. Sound Waves is the spelling program (Years 3-6), following a scope and sequence incorporating phonemic awareness, synthetic phonics, morphology and etymology.