At St Peter Julian Eymard School we believe that English is central to the learning and development of our students. Challenging young learners in literacy helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. Through the study of English at St Peter Julian Eymard we instil in our students the knowledge and skills needed for their education, social development and eventually, to be successful in the workplace. Crucially, the study of literacy at our school helps students to become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.
Literacy instruction at St Peter Julian Eymard incorporates explicit instruction in the curriculum areas of Listening and Speaking, Reading and Viewing, Writing, Spelling, and Grammar. The focus is on explicit teaching throughout each area, including phonics instruction in reading, and purposeful activities enabling students to apply their learning in a meaningful way. Within a rich, engaging, and challenging curriculum, students enjoy reading and discussing wonderful stories, writing in creative ways for a real audience, and in the senior years, participating in debates and giving oral presentations.
Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s learning in partnership with our school through our Classroom Helper Program. Quality training is given to parents to enable them to support the teacher in working with students in the morning literacy block in the Foundation and Junior classrooms.
Literacy intervention is provided through Reading Recovery and our Reading Support Program which is a Leveled Literacy Intervention program using the Fountas & Pinnell method and resources.