Literacy at Lathlain Primary School

Lathlain Primary School has adopted a whole school approach to teaching English through the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. Our ‘Whole School Lesson Design’ is based on the research of John Hattie’s Visible Learning and ensures teaching is explicit, learning is inclusive and that concepts, skills and processes are continuously developed upon.

Our Literacy program is balanced and integrate the three strands of the WA English Curriculum:

  • Language
  • Literature and
  • Literacy.

All students have the opportunity to consolidate learning through guided, collaborative and independent activities. Learning is differentiated to ensure all students progress in listening, ​speaking, reading, viewing and writing.

Talk 4 Writing has been adopted as a whole school approach to writing skills. It provides all students the opportunity to succeed in writing through direct scaffolding and visible feedback. The Talk for Writing approach enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing texts, and then writing their own version.

Reading strategies are explicitly taught through Reading Blocks, ​co-operative reading strategies and guided reading allowing opportunities for targeted teacher support in small groups.

Pre-Primary ​Year 1 to Year 6 follow ‘Words their Way,’ a teacher-directed, student-centred approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development. Students are also encouraged to learn ‘Magic Words’ in Kindergarten and Pre-Primary learn phonological awareness through Soundwaves to support their early reading development and spelling.

Home Reading is highly valued and encouraged through the use of the digital reading platforms, Literacy Pro and Lexile Readers (PP-Y6). Both of these programs provide students with appropriately leveled texts. Developing fluency is promoted through the changing of weekly home readers, which should be read repeatedly and school based learning tasks. Teachers will provide appropriate levelled strategies for parents to support home reading.

As with all home reading, these texts are not meant to be challenging. They have been set by the teacher to help children consolidate what they have learned in class and to promote the enjoyment of reading. Library books are also available to all students. Students are encouraged to keep track of their home reading through their home reading logs.