At Rangebank Primary School we believe that language is the means by which we communicate with the world around us. It enables us to express our thoughts, ideas and feelings as we interact with others. English language learning is a continuous, lifelong process. All areas of Literacy Learning – Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling – are covered during a daily Literacy teaching session. In our literacy program, students are taught explicitly as a whole class, in small groups and one on one.
We use CAFÉ reading to develop a consistent language to talk about reading across the school. During Reading lessons, students are invited to read a range of engaging texts both ‘good fit books’ and interest books that are more aspirational. Reading at home is strongly encouraged, not only because it assists in the reading development, but also as it helps to build confidence and provides time for a child to share their learning with their parents or guardians.
In sessions dedicated purely to writing, we focus on developing the 4 main aspects of writing – Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. These are four important elements of writing in which children can learn and develop their skills in order to become more confident and competent writers.
Students are encouraged to speak clearly and confidently in a variety of situations. They learn to listen attentively to their peers and teachers. Skills such as maintaining eye contact, voice projection, using notes will be developed through oral presentations and class and group discussions.