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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 2008 to 2012 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.

Lexile Reading

The Lexile Framework is used in Years 3 to 6 to encourage students to choose and read books suited to their reading ability. By matching books to our students reading ability, the Lexile program offers sufficient challenge without frustration, motivating and encouraging students to read more.

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