The team at Grace Primary place strong focus on developing solid literacy and numeracy skills in students.
At Grace Primary, we believe students become literate as they develop the skills and knowledge to interpret and use language confidently for learning and for participating effectively in society. Students have opportunities for listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts.
Teachers take account of the range of their students’ current levels of learning, strengths, goals and interests and make adjustments where necessary. Specific time is allocated to the teaching of literacy on a daily basis, with a cohesive program of spelling, reading and writing across all year levels. These programs allow for the grouping of children to learn at the pace that is best suited to them.
Teachers utilise best practice approaches involving modelling, sharing, guiding and independent work to provide learning experiences based on student data and needs. To create literate students we consider life-long learning approaches.
We develop a common language of instruction across all year levels based on ‘BIG’ ideas such as:
1. What do GOOD readers do?
- Think about words
- Are inquisitive about words
- Read widely
- Seek out sources
- Use meaning
- Sound words out/chunk words.
- Use voice in their writing.
- Plan, Draft, Revise, Edit, Publish
- Organise their writing
- Make good word choices
- Have fluent sentence structure.
Numeracy involves students recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the interest and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills for real life applications.These are the guiding principles of Numeracy education at Grace Primary are:
- mathematics that people use in context is better understood than mathematics taught in isolation
- knowledge is not automatically transferable from mathematics to other contexts, students need guiding and exploration using hands-on and real-world examples.
- numeracy requires lots of strategic knowledge and problem solving as well as mathematical skills
- in numeracy there may be more than one suitable way of approaching a problem.
- numeracy moments often arise in unexpected situations - we try to keep our eyes open for these opportunities.
Teachers encourage students to become Good Mathematicians by providing opportunity to work on solving problems, play games and work on puzzles, ask questions and explore ideas and practice their skills.