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Literacy & English

Literacy, the ability to use and interpret language, is an essential skill for students. Literacy involves listening to, reading, viewing, speaking and writing text, creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts. Combined with the study of English, it is central to the learning and development of all our students.

The Australian Curriculum: English is organised into three interrelated strands that focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are:

  • Language: knowing about the English language
  • Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
  • Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.

Poseidon Primary teaches English and literacy with a school-wide focus on writing and spelling. The emphasis on English came from the analysis of data from the 2013 to 2017 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy testing (NAPLAN), along with the results of the whole school testing program and teacher judgements. The school continues to build on the successes achieved through the developmental Jolly Phonics and Sound Waves programs. Professional development on the ‘Literacy Cycle’ also provides a consistent whole school approach to the teaching of spelling and writing.

Jolly Phonics

At Poseidon Primary School, our Kindy to Year 2 students participate in a phonics learning program called Jolly Phonics. This program focuses on teaching the 42 sounds of the English language in a structured and systematic way using multi sensory activities and helps the children to use this sound knowledge to read and write words independently.

Sound Waves

Our Pre Primary to Year 6 students follow the Sound Waves program.  Sound Waves is a whole school phonemic approach to spelling and is recognised as one of the most effective ways to teach spelling and reading skills. Sound Waves uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form. Sound Waves enhances learning with strategies for reading, writing and spelling, giving our students a deeper understanding of how words are structured, and covering the key language concepts they’ll need to become highly literate.

ABC Reading Eggs & Reading Eggspress

The Kindergarten to Year 3 students use ABC Reading Eggs, an online reading program accessed both at school and home. Years 4 to 6 use ABC Reading Eggspress. These programs incorporate a range of highly engaging online games and activities that enhance and provide practice in reading and comprehension.

REACH Reading

Reading is valued at Poseidon and through the REACH program Poseidon Primary School students are provided with opportunities to build on their reading and improve comprehension skills.

The REACH program involves students from Year 3-6 REACH Awardsaccessing the Literacy Pro program. The more students read and complete quizzes of books read, the higher they REACH.

Ten quizzes passed is equal to one level. All LitPro readers will have tracking sheet for recording books read and quizzes taken. The REACH program is cumulative, so your child’s REACH level will roll into the following year.

Once children have completed 10 quizzes they will be awarded a certificate (which are issued by our Librarian, Mrs Bowe on Wednesdays and Thursdays) and their name will be added to our REACH wall, located in the Library.  $10 Scholastic book vouchers will be awarded to students after completing level Gold (50 quizzes) and Sapphire (150 quizzes).  REACH achievements will be shared with the school during Assemblies and with the wider community via the Poseidon newsletter.

What is a Literacy Pro?

LitPro is an innovative computer-based resource that motivates, encourages and monitors guided and independent reading.

  • Motivates and encourages children to read
  • Uses real books from major children’s publishers—both Australian and international
  • Includes popular and classic titles—many of which will already be in our school library
  • Has a huge database of almost 7000 texts that is constantly being updated

A Lexile is a unit that measures the amount of challenge presented by a passage of text. If we know the Lexile measure of a book and we know the Lexile measure of a child, we can tell how the book matches the child’s reading ability—whether it’s too easy, too difficult or just right.

The Lexile Framework® determines the difficulty of text by way of sophisticated software. The software uses a mathematical equation that looks at two factors:

  • The difficulty of the vocabulary (semantic difficulty)
  • The complexity of the sentences (syntactic complexity) throughout the entire book.

All students who are on the program can read a book then take a quiz at www.scholasticlearningzone.com Students can only take the quiz at school.  Children can use the school Library to exchange books, and quizzes can be taken at a convenient time in the class room.

If you have any further queries about REACH or LitPro, please contact Sarah Wakeb or Margaret Willett.

ROC – Reading on Cusions

ROC is designed to enable selected students to read with an adult in a friendly and supportive environment.

The aims of ROC reading are: 

  • To increase the confidence, self-esteem and literacy skills in  reading
  • Improve fluency
  • Extend word knowledge and vocabulary
  • To increase and inspire community participation, through parents voluntarily helping to listen, support and encourage students as they read

Role of parents who volunteer to at ROC: 

  • Listen to  2-3 students read
  • Discuss the cover picture
  • Talk about the story.
  • Ask questions about what they read
  • Each child’s session lasts approximately 10 minutes.

ROC books are packaged with a laminated question card, sight words and discussion pictures.

ROC Reading runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and non- assembly Fridays from 8.15am – 8.45am

We currently have fifteen, very keen Year 2 – 4 students in our ROC program, two amazing parent helpers and three dedicated Year 6 student leaders.  We are always looking for more volunteers to help out.  If you have 30minutes, even once a week that you could dedicate to our ROC program it would be much appreciated.

Please contact Sarah Wakeb if you have any questions about the program, or are interested in helping out.


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