THE LITERACY PROGRAM 

At St. Patrick’s Primary School we believe that literacy is central
 to the development of confident and lifelong learners.

Our school adopts a 2 hour literacy session which incorporates:
  • whole class teaching input 
  • small group teaching focus 
  • whole class reflection and sharing of learning. 
As part of the 2 hour literacy session, the teaching of writing, spelling and oral language skills are major components and is encompassed in all areas of the curriculum.

Years 3 to 6 incorporate the "Learning To Read, Reading To Learn"program in their literacy sessions. This program supports reading and writing across the curriculum and is aimed at middle 
and upper primary. Teachers use scaffolding strategies that support students to read text with fluency and comprehension. 


Years 3 to 6 also use the CAFE Reading system in their program. This is a reading program which helps students understand and master the four key components of successful reading: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary.

Intervention Programs are also offered to students who require extra assistance in their learning in Literacy. Specific selection criteria are used to determine the students who participate in these Intervention programs.

• Reading Recovery is offered to students in Year 1 who are below state benchmarks in reading and require individual intervention.

• Phonological Early Reading Intervention (P.E.R.I.) is offered to Prep and Year 1 students who need extra support in phonological awareness.

• Leveled Literacy Intervention (L.L.I.) is offered to small groups of students in Year 1 and 2 who require extra support with reading and writing


MATHEMATICS

       At St Patrick’s we aim to equip all students to be confident and effective mathematical problem                     solvers in their world.



Mathematics at St Patrick’s is taught using the Victorian Curriculum, and covers the areas of Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Probability and Statistics. Through rich and meaningful learning experiences, students develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understandings. 

The development of mathematical vocabulary is also essential across the school. Open-ended tasks and flexible groupings allow students to solve real-life problems, engage in discussion, share ideas and strategies, and justify their thinking. Students use contemporary tools and mathematical aids to support their                                                                                           learning.

Regular assessment allows teachers to cater for students’ individual needs, designing learning experiences which extend or                                                                                  enable students as needed.

A Mathematics Extension program is provided for small groups of highly able students. Intervention programs are also provided, to assist students requiring additional help.