Literacy at Canadian Lead PS
At Canadian Lead there is a shared vision and goals expectation for Literacy Teaching and Learning. Literacy teaching is purposeful with all teachers providing opportunities that assist students to make connections and apply literacy knowledge to the world around them. Professional learning teams meet weekly to plan ahead for reading and writing.
As learners of literacy, students develop efficient reading, writing, speaking and listening skills daily. Students are given opportunities for self-assessment and goal setting. Teachers give explicit feedback to their students and create personalised programs for students by assessing their strengths and needs. All teachers engage in moderation to ensure consistent judgement.
Learning Intentions, success criteria and reflection are built into lessons ensuring that teachers are building on literacy knowledge that students already possess and targeted teaching to the needs of all students as individuals. A Differentiated curriculum is provided at point of need for all students. Daily uninterrupted lessons focussing on reading and on writing are a feature of our literacy program.
At Canadian Lead we teach writing by adapting the “Holistic Writing Model” by Ann Angelopolous. This model is all about teaching students to be storytellers and writers. Students write every day and have achievable goals. Pre-writing strategies and supportive stimulus are used and explicit teaching of writing devices and vocabulary happen each day. A supportive writing plan is developed with clear expectation for each section of the text. This process is modelled and then a shared plan is created before students work on their own. Writing is celebrated at Canadian Lead through our annual Writers Festival which showcases published narrative writing pieces from all students.
To support our writing at Canadian Lead, four sessions a week we run the differentiated Spelling Mastery Program. This program is a direct instruction spelling program providing students with research-based spelling strategies that enable them to spell accurately and with confidence. All student P-6 are pretested and grouped accordingly.
Daily Reading lessons consist of either modelled, shared, guided, interactive, reciprocal reading, literature circles or independent activities. All classes use Daily 5 to build up reading stamina and for students to engage in their reading independently. CAFE strategies in Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary are explicitly taught and help form the basis of goal setting for students.
Supporting the classroom reading process we have a partnership with the Western Bulldogs “Bulldogs Read” program and with the CBA bank a “Business Buddy” program. These partnerships have further engaged our students in developing a passion for reading and writing.