Heidelberg Primary School recognises that English is an integral part of all areas of the curriculum. The English program at Heidelberg Primary School aims to develop student’s thinking, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students are exposed to a variety of texts during the literacy session that foster enjoyment, purpose, understanding and confidence.
READING AND VIEWING:
Students are involved in a wide array of reading experiences at Heidelberg Primary School:
- Reading TO children – Read Alouds
- Reading WITH children – Shared Reading
- Reading BY children – Independent Reading
During the reading lessons at Heidelberg Primary School students are taught to:
- identify their purpose for reading;
- become aware of their thinking as they read;
- monitor their understanding and keep track of meaning;
- listen to the voice in their head to make sense of text;
- notice when they stray from thinking about the text;
- detect obstacles and confusions that derail meaning;
- understand how a variety of strategies can help them repair meaning when it breaks down;
- know when, why, and how to apply specific strategies to maintain and further understand;
At Heidelberg Primary School, students participate in lessons focussing on different text types including narrative, recount, persuasive and procedural texts. Students also have the opportunity to engage in uninterrupted writing based on their interests and journal writing.
We recognise that spelling, punctuation and grammar are vital to the writing process. Students study vocabulary and develop spelling strategies during Soundwaves lessons. At Heidelberg Primary School students develop their fine motor skills and participate in lessons focusing on letter formation according to the Victorian Modern Cursive script.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING:
At Heidelberg Primary School, we aim to develop students’ abilities within an integrated program of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing.
Our aims are for students are to be able to:
- Speak confidently and clearly, adapting what they say and how they say it to the purpose and audience.
- Listen, understand and respond appropriately to what others have to say.
- Understand the connections between the spoken and the written word.
Assessment may take the form of anecdotal records, work samples or formal tests. It is ongoing and informs teacher about students’ progress and their learning needs.
Students are assessed for school reports in June and December.
DEECD requires participation of Grade 3 and 5 students in NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy & Numeracy).
Parental involvement is highly valued at all levels of the school both in assisting children at home and as classroom helpers. Many parents work in the classrooms to support students, either individually or in small groups, in reading and writing programs.
Regular home reading is expected at all levels of the school with parents playing a vital role in laying the foundations for learning to read. Home reading gives children the opportunity to practise and demonstrate their reading skills to others. Students record their home reading in a diary.
Beyond the classroom:
The Literacy provides extra support in small groups to assist students needing extra assistance for intervention or extension.
Our School Library:
Heidelberg Primary’s library is a key facility in supporting the literacy program. It houses many resources to assist children in developing their language and research skills. Students have the opportunity to borrow books during their library sessions.
Whole School Events:
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Students are Heidelberg Primary School are encouraged to participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The challenge aims to promote reading at home, and students are able to log books they have read online to complete the challenge.
There is opportunity for students at Heidelberg to attend a lunchtime reading club each week in the library for some quiet time browsing the school library shelves and delving into the worlds of their favourite books.
Book of the Year
Book of the Year involves each student producing their very own picture story book. The whole process is included from planning and drafting the story to publishing and illustrating. The level of enthusiasm and effort each year is amazing to see. Within each grade level, the books are judged and shortlisted, and the winners announced.
Book Week Celebrations
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. Heidelberg Primary School annually celebrates book week with a book parade where students come dressed up as their favourite book characters. During this week, shortlisted books are read to each class and students complete a fun and engaging art/craft activity related to the book.