English

Our Lady's Primary School believes that effective reading, writing and speaking & listening skills are the core to successful life long learning. Teachers set high expectations and strive to explicitly teach the skills required to be literate.

Assessment and monitoring of students is ongoing and drives our planning and teaching to ensure student success. From Year Prep to Year 4, students are provided with two hours of English learning per day. In Years 5 and 6, students have eight hours of English classes per week.

As part of our English program, Our Lady's has implemented a phonics program to assist students as they learn to read, write and spell. 'Read Write Inc' is a  synthetic phonics program  particularly appropriate at the beginning of children's schooling, as it focuses on both the letter names and the sounds that letters make. 

We understand the importance of oral language as the basis for being literate. Teachers impliment a number of strategies within the classroom to promote vocabulary development. 

Students who come from a language background other than English are supported in their acquisition of English literacy skills. Teachers follow the EAL ( English as an Additonal Langauge) Continuum to ascertain and target the exact language needs of each particular student. Our New Arrivals teacher also works with students who are new to Australia and supports class teachers in developing programs to suit their needs.