English and Literacy (for Families and Staff)

Literacy at St Gregory's Primary School

 

At St Gregory's Primary School we teach English in the first 2 hours of the teaching day. We have a Reading hour and a Writing hour. Morning blocks (sessions) of allocated time have proven to be the most effective. A balanced approach to the teaching of English ensures the inclusion of the following teaching components based on the Gradual Release of Responsibility model.

 

 

Independent Talking and Listening:

At St Gregory’s, independent talking and listening includes:

 

(These activities vary according to year level and cycle)

 

Grammar:

At St Gregory’s the teaching of grammar is based on the NSW K-6 document. Initially, students are introduced to the meaning behind grammatical terms, accompanied by the teacher’s use of grammatical terminology. The students themselves ultimately use the meta-language.

 

When the grammar is being examined in terms of meaning, it is preferable that this be done within the context of the different types of texts that children are reading and writing. Grammar is not being learnt as an end in itself but as a means of improving students’ ability to use language more effectively and to evaluate others’ texts critically. All students from Kinder to Year 6 use a purple pencil/pen to edit their work.

 

We follow the Grammar scope and sequence from the NSW Syllabus (Kinder to Year 6). Refer to: http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/support-materials/additional-support-materials

 

Spelling:

At St Gregory’s the teaching of spelling is based on the new NSW K-6 Syllabus document. From this, we use the Board of Studies scope and sequence for spelling, to ensure that all outcomes are met. Refer to: http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/support-materials/additional-support-materials/

 

The following approaches are currently being used throughout the school:

 

 

 

Handwriting:

Learning to form the letters correctly is an essential component of literacy development. It links closely with learning about letters, letter sequences and words. At St Gregory’s there are a variety of techniques used to introduce and develop good handwriting skills. Teachers model using textbooks and computer based programs in teaching handwriting. Students should be taught the NSW Foundation Style, which has one basic set of letter shapes that are the same for young students using manuscript handwriting (un-joined letters) and for older students using cursive handwriting (joined letters).

 

The text used from K - 6 is Writing Matters- NSW Foundation Handwriting (Catherine Kennedy-Parker) and Targeting Handwriting (Blake Education). Casey Caterpillar (BMB Education) is used in the junior years.

 

Students are provided with opportunities to: