Footscray West Primary School places a strong emphasis on developing literacy skills through meaningful contexts. We believe the study of English is central to the learning and development of creative, confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed students. Students develop skills to analyse, understand, question and communicate to become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. Teachers work collaboratively to plan using the Victorian Curriculum and deliver a consistent approach to teaching literacy.
Daily supported instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening is based around gradually releasing responsibility from the teacher to student-centred collaboration and independent practice. This is supported through the Tribes process which is an integral part of our curriculum delivery. Student conferences are part of the lesson process to ensure that individual goals are negotiated to help improve learning outcomes in reading and writing for every child. A well-stocked school library and classroom libraries contain a streamlined and current collection of reading material to engage students and support independent reading. All students have weekly access to the school library.
Reading Recovery Program
Reading Recovery is a Literacy Intervention Program designed specifically for one-on-one instruction, for students in their second year at school. The reasons for reading and writing difficulties are as varied as the children who experience them.
This program aims to give students specific instruction in reading and writing for half an hour a day, with some follow up at home that allows the child to rehearse their newly acquired skills. The whole program is based on using what the child can already do for themselves, and through expert teacher guidance, lead them to become better problem solvers when working with text.
The average time spent on the program is 16 weeks.
At F.W.P.S. the Junior School teachers are in regular communication with each other, with the Literacy Coach and with the Reading Recovery teacher. Through the combination of explicit classroom instruction and some intervention where needed, we are striving to improve literacy outcomes for all our students.