Literacy forms one of the pillars of our curriculum at Glenferrie Primary School. All elements of the literacy program are differentiated, with teachers regularly providing feedback and encouraging the growth of their students. During the week, literacy is explicitly taught in every class, daily, incorporating reading, writing and speaking and listening.
Glenferrie Primary runs the Seven Steps writing program across all year levels, which helps develops the core writing skills of brainstorming, planning and communicating students’ ideas. Using this program, teachers encourage students to be confident and creative with their writing.
Spelling is an essential component of our Literacy curriculum. Glenferrie Primary School takes a consistent, whole school approach to spelling using the Targeting Spelling program. The focus of which looks at the sound, sound blends, roots, common endings and meanings of words. Spelling is explicitly taught three to four times a week.
Glenferrie Primary students have regular opportunities to develop their reading skills and comprehension, beginning with daily independent reading. In the junior school, teachers do guided reading, focusing on the CAFE Menu. Senior students extend on their reading knowledge through reciprocal reading.
We pride ourselves on the excellent academic achievement of our students in their literacy skills. This is well supported by in-school and national data.