Curriculum - Literacy Program

Our Literacy Program at Badger Creek Primary School is modelled on a two hour Literacy block structure which includes a Reading Workshop and a Writing Workshop. Every class from Prep to Grade 6 participates in structured Literacy learning for the first two hours of each day.

The Reading Workshop runs for one hour and focuses on teaching reading strategies and skills which students can apply to their own independent reading. We use Café Reading strategies to guide our students in developing their reading skills in the areas of Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanded Vocabulary. 

The Writing Workshop follows a similar structure with a focus on the 6+1 Traits of writing, namely Ideas, Organisation, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions and Presentation, and the 5 steps of the writing process, including Planning, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing.

Our Literacy Program follows the structure of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. This structured model of teaching is designed to devolve responsibility within the learning process from the teacher to the eventual independence of the learner. It involves explicitly teaching skills and strategies and then working with our students to guide them in exploring these further. Students then work collaboratively with their peers, before branching out to independent work to further consolidate and cement their understanding and implementation of these skills and strategies.

Regular assessment of students’ reading and writing occurs throughout the year and students who are developing their skills to become independent readers participate in the Take-Home reading program where texts, appropriate to their ability level, are sent home each night for students to practice their reading with a parent or older sibling. Independent readers have the opportunity to take home more challenging texts to challenge their reading ability and thinking.