At Riverside Primary School we implement a rich English program in all classes from Prep to Grade 6. We provide an integrated approach to English with children explicitly taught to; read, view, listen to, speak, write, create and reflect upon a range of texts.
As part of our daily dedicated English block, children learn to appreciate, enjoy and use the English language. One strategy that we use at Riverside Primary School that supports this is Writers’ Workshop. As part of Writers’ Workshop children are given an opportunity to firstly unpack their thinking about a topic before they begin writing. By brainstorming this thinking, the children begin writing with greater motivation and ownership, well thought through ideas and interesting vocabulary. Using a Writers’ Workshop model, children are also taught the skills of giving and receiving feedback in order to ‘bump up’ their writing. Writing conferences provide an opportunity for children to share and discuss their work with both their teachers and peers.
Throughout the school year at Riverside Primary, children are also given the opportunity to undertake intervention in small group situations through the use of our dedicated learning support team. As part of this, Early Childhood classes engage in daily guided reading sessions, as well as focus spelling and writing groups. Primary classes receive targeted English support at designated time across the year. Enrichment opportunities are also provided to our students, including Write Road, Readers’ Cup and Write a Book in a Day.
We foster strong connections between literacy learning at school and at home. Parents are encouraged and guided to support their children through our Home Reading Program. As part of this, children are provided with instructional texts at their current reading level in order to practise the skills they have been learning in guided reading at school. In addition to this, children also take home Quality Literature books to share and enjoy. These Quality Literature books encourage an exposure to rich vocabulary and help promote a love of reading. Our extensive library is a huge resource of fiction and non-fiction texts and children are encouraged to borrow weekly.