Reading Culture

Literacy Focus

At Pearsall Primary School, all staff are committed to developing and improving student’s literacy skills enabling students to access all aspects if the curriculum. With parent/carers support, we can aim to equip student with literacy skills that are essential to academic and social success.

Writing Strategies

  • The use of the VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) writing program to model required written work and to provide the success criteria expected of students.
  • To provide a wide range of opportunities to use a range of genres for a variety of purposes.
  • To use the Seven Steps Program as a structure for Students to write to.
  • Use the Smart Words program for students in Years 4 and 5 to spell words at the required developmental level.
  • To use Sounds-Write as a structures phonics program to provide explicit phonics learning.
  • Use of a Literacy Block to incorporate required literacy learning.

Reading Strategies

  • Develop essential skills for reading through phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Use guided reading as a strategy to enhance the teaching the elements of reading.
  • Use of the Lexile Reading scheme in Years 4 to 6 to motivate students reading for pleasure.
  • Ensuring that students are exposed to a variety of Fiction and Non-Fiction reading material.

Speaking and Listening Strategies

  • Use different types of questions to challenge students and encourage high levels of participation.
  • Provide opportunities at the classroom and school level to be involved with public speaking.