At Upper Plenty Primary School we aim to give our students the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write with enjoyment, purpose, effect and confidence in a wide range of contexts. We acknowledge that Literacy encompasses all the forms of communications: listening and speaking, reading and writing. It is essential for success in all key l earning areas and in life in general. At Upper Plenty Primary School our language approach focuses on learning through using language and the development of activities, which foster the pursuit of excellence and active participation of all students. We believe in targeted, explicit teaching of the elements of English in a structured program which ensures that all learning is authentic and in context. We believe that Literacy learning must...
·be authentic to the needs of all students
·build on previous learning
·take into account the students’ varied learning styles.
Intervention programs focus on students with specific learning needs. The early years of schooling are seen as a crucial time for the development of basic literacy skills, so the Early Years Literacy Program (Prep - Year 4) is implemented by teachers who are trained to cater for the learning needs of young students. In Middle Years (Year 5 and 6) our teachers know and understand their students well and use teaching strategies to challenge and extend their students within a supportive environment.