The year ahead
Day 10 for our preps today, they have all settled into school and are becoming extremely independent.
Day 15 for all other students today and like the Preps they are settled and beginning on their learning journey for the year.
During Term 4 last year, the staff worked to develop our goals and direction for 2018 – 2021 School Strategic Plan. This work was undertaken after a successful review of the school’s work from 2014- 2017.
Each year Department of Education (DET) schools select areas from the Strategic Plan to develop further in the school’s Annual Implementation Plan. In 2018 our focus will be the improvement of reading skills for all students, building individual student accountability for their reading and increasing student engagement in reading.
A range of strategies will be implemented across the school that are aimed to increase fluency, improve comprehension and build vocabulary. To support this we will be including and refining approaches such as whole school challenges, differentiated learning groups and introducing Volunteer Reading Coaches (VRC). If you would like to become a VRC please see the role description, expectations and expression of interest form below.
Significant additional support will result from our participation in a new DET School Partnership initiative, which will see us working closely with Vermont Primary school on our shared goal of improving practice in reading.
Our Literacy Leadership Team, comprising Hazel van Loenen, Judy Haysom, Rhiana Macrae and me, will be leading and coordinating our focus on reading, which will involve all staff. This team will also train and manage the Volunteer Reading Coaches
All parents can support their children’s literacy development. Try following these tips:
- Try to spend at least 10 minutes a day reading with your child, it will make a difference to how well they do at school. Listen to them reading and keep reading aloud together even when they are able to read for themselves to improve their fluency and vocabulary.
- Have a range of different reading material available for your child at home. Encourage your child to read from a book, newspaper or comic or whatever they are interested in reading. You can also ask your child to read school notes, recipes, and instructions to you.
- Visit your local library and let your child choose books they like. Borrow books and audio books you can read and listen to together. Check out Learning Potential for tips on picking books for your child.