The students at Karoo Primary School undertake 10 hours of focused Literacy learning each week. This includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The English curriculum area aims to ensure that students:
- learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on spoken, written and multimodal texts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
- appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
- understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
- develop an informed appreciation of literature
In reading, teachers work with the students to self select their own reading texts for independent reading. Teachers work with students in focus groups and individual conferences to extend their abilities and strategies in reading. Students are expected to read books at home to revise the learning they have undertaken for the day.
In writing, students are able to express their thoughts and ideas in print, whilst working with teachers to improve their spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary. Teachers will model different text types to the students in each writing lesson, then provide time for the students to undertake independent writing with guidance, support and individual teaching strategies. Students then have the opportunity to reflect on their learning in writing to the whole class.
Students have many opportunities to speak in front of the class, contribute to class discussion, ask questions and research utilising the internet.
We encourage parents to participate in classroom Literacy sessions.