At Stevensville Primary School we use the whole-part-whole model to the teaching of literacy, where we are committed to implementing a 2 hour literacy block targeting the curriculum areas of Reading and Viewing, Writing, and Speaking and Listening.
Literacy Lesson Structure
Explicit Teaching Mini-Lesson – Teachers explicitly teach a particular literacy concept, introducing the students to essential technical vocabulary, strategies and understandings. Students are provided with learning intentions and success criteria to help them understand the purpose of their learning.
Independent or small group learning activities – Students are given opportunities to practise introduced skills and strategies and extend their knowledge of concepts through activities directed at their level of learning. They have the opportunity to synergise through working in small groups and sharing understandings, working independently on purposeful tasks or working with a teacher to deepen their understanding of the concept introduced.
Student Reflection – Students reflect on their learning using the success criteria. Reflections can be presented orally where they share their new learning with the class, or through independently writing a reflection in their learning journals.
The students engage in daily independent reading where they are encouraged to read for meaning as well as pleasure.
Teaching groups focus on various comprehension strategies and skills to deepen the understandings of students.
The CAFÉ reading structure is used for conferring with individual students and assisting students to set goals for their reading. CAFÉ stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. These are four areas of reading skills that our students work on throughout the year.
The students engage in daily writing, learning to write for different purposes using appropriate structures and features. They produce procedures, letters, information reports, recounts, expositions, narratives, poems and explanations. Students also learn the correct use of punctuation, a range of vocabulary, sentence structures, as well as editing and proof reading.
Students also have opportunities to use their Writer’s Notebook, where they collect “seeds” to provide a stimulus for their personal writing around topics of interest to them. They also have a choice in the type of writing they do.
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