At Tallangatta Primary we believe that
- English is underpins all curriculum areas. It is the primary medium through which we understand the world. As such listening, speaking, reading and writing are all interdependent.
- English is best learnt when it is whole, meaningful and relevant to the learners. Children learn literacy skills most effectively through immersion in a rich English environment.
- Children develop understandings about literacy through immersion, exposure to models, and by a process of experimentation.
At Tallangatta Primary we teach English in order to assist children to make meaning of their world and to function effectively in society. Our program will provide children with the ability to apply the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing appropriately in a variety of real life situations throughout their lifetime.
- Ten hours a week will be allocated to teaching literacy at all levels to increase the student’s understanding of how English works:– five hours to reading and five hours per week to writing. Spelling and grammar study is incorporated into the writing block.
- The AusVELS and DET support documents will form the basis for the planning and implementation of classroom programs in Literacy. We look forward to introducing the AusVELS in the near future.
- Ongoing monitoring of skills and knowledge will be used as the basis for targeted teaching. Students will receive feedback on their efforts. Planning will cater for a variety of learning styles, with relevant real life connections.
- Explicit focused teaching will occur through the use a variety of teaching approaches including modelled, shared, guided and independent reading and writing. We hope that all students will develop a love of English and literature.
- Literacy concepts will be introduced, developed and extended through quality supporting materials and information technology. This includes presenting information in and from a variety of genres and formats, both print and electronic.
- Assessment is ongoing and will play a crucial role in planning so individual needs are met. A range of assessment tools, both formal and informal, will be used to determine student skills and areas of need.
- Targets will be set for all students and individual learning plans will be sent home with every student at least once a term.