Literacy and Numeracy

 

Literacy

 

At The Basin PS Literacy is taught in a two hour block each day. During this time the three Victorian Curriculum modes of Reading & Viewing, Writing and Speaking & Listening are covered.

  

Students participate during these programs, in whole class, small group or individual tasks. Our differentiated approach, as well as a clear focus on learning intentions and success criteria, allows students to progress on a purposeful and engaging pathway along the learning continuum in targeted learning programs.

  

To support our Reading program all classes utilise the CAFÉ reading program, with various strategies being implemented at different levels. This focuses on Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding vocabulary, all essential elements of our teaching.

 

We have also expanded the role of our Literacy support, developing a successful “Reading Lab” which engages selected students from P-6 in targeted learning to build their skills and performance. This program provides short daily sessions for small groups of students and is run by parents who have been appropriately trained in strategies to support these students.

 

We have introduced the Six Plus One Traits of Writing – VOICES+P as an effective method of teaching, modelling, and assessing the instruction of Writing. The Six Traits of writing are Voice, Organization Ideas, Conventions, Explore vocabulary, Sentence Fluency and Presentation. Students are encouraged to utilise these strategies in their writing.

 

The Sound Waves phonemic approach is implemented at our school. This uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form. This phonics approach focuses first on the basic units of sound in our language – phonemes. It then explores the letters that represent these sounds and how they can be put together to form written words. Sound Waves also covers key language concepts including prefixes, suffixes, Latin and Greek roots, synonyms, homophones and more. We also utilise aspects of the Structured Word Inquiry approach, exploring a base and words belonging to a word family.

 

Speaking & Listening involves the development and demonstration of knowledge about appropriate oral language for particular audiences and occasions, including body language and voice. It also involves the development of active-listening strategies and an understanding of the conventions of different spoken texts. In Speaking & Listening we offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop their skills and to speak in front of small groups, their class, year level and at school assemblies.

 

Julie Shepherd is a classroom based educational consultant and Literacy coach who has worked at our school for many years. In her role, she works alongside teachers: planning, modelling strategies; and acting as mentor and critical friend. Julie has been a consistent influence over time, assisting us to maintain best-practise teaching and a focused whole school approach.

 

Our programs are also supported by Reading Eggs, which is accessible to students at school and home.

 

Numeracy

 

At The Basin Primary School, Numeracy is taught in a one hour block each day. During this time the three Victorian Curriculum modes of Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry and Statistics & Probability are covered. Students participate in whole class, small group or on individual tasks. Our differentiated approach, as well as a clear focus on learning intentions and success criteria, allows students to progress, in a purposeful and engaging path, along the learning continuum in targeted learning programs.

 

The Quicksmart Math program targets specific students in Years 3-6 with a focus on building their skills and performance. This program provides short daily sessions for small groups of students and is run by support staff who have been appropriately trained. We are currently also offering extension mathematics programs from P-6.

 

Michael Ymer and George Booker are among educational consultants in Mathematics who have worked at our school over many years. They have worked with and alongside teachers - planning, modelling strategies and implementing the curriculum. They have assisted us to maintain best-practise teaching and a focused whole school approach.

 

Our programs are also supported by Mathletics, which is accessible to students at school and home.