The literacy programme at Ascot Vale Primary School is a comprehensive and dynamic part of the curriculum, based on the premise that all children need to be competent readers and writers. Teachers at Ascot Vale P.S. are committed to the success of their students, taking into account different learning styles and differing needs of each student.
There are a variety of strategies used to ensure vital and challenging literacy learning occurs. Some of these strategies include: Buddy Reading, Cross-Age tutors, Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Reader Of the Day and S.Q.U.I.R.T. (Silent Quiet Uninterrupted Reading Time). Student writing is published in a variety of ways, including the School Newsletters. Sharing work at Assemblies and Intervention Programs in Early and Middle Years of School are also a feature of our program. Older students gather ‘seeds’ (writing ideas) for their Writer’s Notebook lessons and participate in Literature Circles regularly to extend their reading, oral language and thinking skills.
A daily literacy block complies with DEECD Early Years recommendations. Staff also utilise current trends in literacy education to develop multi-literacies skills for students in the form of multimedia and animation.
A most successful intervention program offered at the school is Reading Recovery. This is an internationally acknowledged program designed for children in their second year of school. Reading Recovery is a one-to-one program for children who have not quite acquired the Literacy skills that allow them to fully participate in the classroom program. Specially trained Reading Recovery teachers deliver this program to students identified at risk. A Literacy Support staff member also liaises with visiting speech therapists to plan intervention activities for students with specific needs.