Wagaman Primary School has a whole school literacy approach that encompasses reading and viewing, writing, listening and speaking. Skills are taught explicitly at each year level and follow the sequence of the Australian Curriculum. Literacy is integrated across all learning areas to create a meaningful environment which meets the needs of individual students. Students are supported and intervention programs such as Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) and SPELD are implemented where needed.
Students participate in a variety of reading opportunities in all classes across the school. These include guided reading, shared and modelled reading, and independent reading. Students are explicitly taught decoding skills and comprehension strategies as part of reading lessons.
Students are assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment. This reading assessment is used as a guide to inform reading instruction.
All students at Wagaman Primary have access to Reading Eggs. This is an online reading program which makes learning to read interesting and engaging for children, with interactive reading games and activities. Students in Years 5 and 6 have access to Scholastic Literacy Pro, which measures reading comprehension, identifies books to promote reading growth, and motivates students to keep reading via quizzes and certificates.
At Wagaman Primary School, students develop both their ability and love of writing through carefully planned lessons and meaningful writing opportunities. Teachers provide targeted writing demonstrations highlighting the elements of good composition. Students collect and organise their ideas in writer’s notebooks, and key skills are developed and practised through daily writing. Choice writing is an essential part of our Literacy program as our students are unique writers and work through the writing process as authors. Good writing is celebrated and students’ work is published and shared across our school.
Writing is my favourite part of the day. I love choosing to write things I am passionate about and publishing my writing like a real author.
— Wagaman Primary Year 4 student
Speaking and Listening
Students have a variety of opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills as part of explicit English lessons and integrated into a variety of subject areas.
All classes present an assembly item each semester.