Literacy


READING WORKSHOP

At Launching Place Primary School, we follow the Reading Workshop model across the whole school from Prep to Grade 6 for one hour every day. This includes:

  • Mini lesson – teacher explicitly teaches reading strategies from the CAFÉ Reading Menu.
  • Independent reading - students choose 'good fit books' and books of interest from the classroom library to keep in their book box to read (approximately 20 minutes). Teacher completes one-on-one-reading conferences and sets reading goals for each individual student.
  • Independent literacy work – students practice a range of skills across the Reading Curriculum and at their point of need. They are grouped in different ways depending on the purpose (e.g. like needs, strategy groups, reading levels, etc).
  • Reflection – talk about what the students have achieved and learnt. We will also go over the learning intention and success criteria to see if students were successful in the lesson.

                     

 

We use the CAFÉ Reading Menu during the reading mini lessons to explicitly teach reading strategies. This stands for:

Comprehension

Accuracy

Fluency

Expand Vocabulary

 

 

For more information about the Reading Workshop, please watch our instructional video below. 

 

 

 

WRITING WORKSHOP

At Launching Place Primary School, we have a Writing Workshop model across the whole school from Prep to Grade 6 for one hour every day. This includes:

  • Mini lesson – teacher explicitly teaches writing strategies and skills.
  • Independent writing – students practise writing skills from the mini lesson and they work on their own writing pieces. The teacher completes writing conferences and sets writing goals for each individual student.
  • Reflection – talk about what they have achieved, learnt and to go over the learning intention and success criteria to see if students were successful in the lesson.

During the Writing Workshop, the teacher explicitly teaches the students about the 6+1 Traits of Writing. This includes:

Ideas

Organisation

Word Choice

Voice

Conventions

Sentence Fluency

+ 1 is the Presentation

 

 

Each student also has a Writer’s Notebook. This is a really special place where students can write about the things that they love. At the start of the year, each student creates a Heart Map by writing and drawing all the things that they really care about in their life such as family, friends, animals, books and anything else of importance to them. Students can then use their Writer’s Notebook to develop their ideas for their writing.

 

For more information about the Writing Workshop, please watch our instructional video below. 

 

 

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