The students at Abbotsford Primary School undertake ten hours of focused Literacy learning each week, with five hours of Literacy in Chinese and five hours in English. This includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.
In reading, teachers work with the students to self select their own reading texts for independent reading. Additionally, teachers work with students in focus groups and individual conferences to extend their abilities and strategies in reading. Students are expected to read books at home to revise the learning they have undertaken for the day.
In writing, students are able to express their thoughts and ideas in print, whilst working with teachers to improve their spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary. Teachers will model different text types to the students in each writing lesson, then provide time for the students to undertake independent writing with guidance, support and individual teaching strategies. Students then have the opportunity to reflect on their learning in writing to the whole class.
Students have many opportunities to speak in front of the class, contribute to class discussion, ask questions and research utilising the internet. Performing Arts is incorporated into daily Literacy sessions to enrich the learning for our students.
We encourage parents to participate in classroom Literacy sessions.