Literacy is a whole school priority, which means we have whole school agreements around our teaching and learning practices. Research shows that consistent approaches to the teaching of literacy supports students' learning. For example guided reading is a consistent approach from Reception to year 7 and Jolly phonics/grammar is a consistent program from Reception to year 3/4. We use the teaching and learning cycle to explicitly teach the functions of language and writing genres.
The Literacy focus in 2020 continues to be on raising achievement in writing across the school. Each teacher has the responsibility of planning to teach writing in a targeted way in their classrooms, but with an emphasis on challenging students to extend their writing skills further. We will be doing this through collaboration and support from on-site leaders and external literacy specialists. In our year level teams, we will be analysing writing; sharing effective teaching strategies; trialling these in classrooms and analysing their impact through moderating students? writing. At a whole school level, we will be continuing to drive improvements in Literacy through a Literacy Professional Community (Literacy PLC) which is made up of a range of staff members who have an active interest or expertise in this curriculum area. They are committed to supporting their colleagues in the work around writing we will be carrying out this year. In our Early Years, we are working to arrange training to roll out a new phonics program called ?Read, Write, Inc.? This program has high quality teacher training and resources which will enrich the teaching of phonics, to improve reading outcomes, across preschool to year 2. Our Deputy Principal, Nikki, is the Literacy Leader in school, she supports all staff to plan, assess and resource their literacy lessons, embedding the new programs introduced in 2019 (Seven Steps to Writing Success & Talk 4 Writing).