Catholic Education South Australia


At St Joseph’s School, literacy learning is based on the Australian Curriculum and underpins the learning in all curriculum areas.

We support our students to :

  • Develop proficiency in listening and speaking, enabling them to communicate effectively and imaginatively in a variety of situations.
  • Become capable, critical and confident readers, who read widely with purpose and deep understanding, for both pleasure and to further their education.
  • Become proficient writers and able to use written language effectively and creatively.

Reading and literacy

All students engage in a two-hour Literacy Block involving reading, viewing, writing, creating and reflecting on texts at least four days per week.

While literacy skills are taught within this two-hour time, they are also applied in other curriculum areas, providing opportunities for students to use literacy in real contexts.

Our teachers work together to ensure a consistent approach to the teaching of literacy and during the Literacy Block they present learning programs that cater for the wide variety of needs and interests found within each classroom. They are involved in ongoing data collection and assessment of student skill development to ensure that all literacy teaching is targeted to student needs.

Reading skills are developed through strategies such as:

  • Modelled Reading
  • Shared Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Reciprocal Teaching.

Comprehension skills are explicitly taught using Howard’s Reading Powers and students learn to Predict, Connect, Question, Summarise, Infer and to identify ways that they are changed by what they read (Transformed).

To ensure consistency in our approach to writing all classes are moving towards using the Six Traits approach to writing. This approach looks at writing as a puzzle which requires all the pieces to work well.

Students learn strategies to develop ideas, sentence fluency, organisation, word choice and conventions within written texts. They learn about voice; the writer’s ability to express their personality in language and that presentation is an important part of developing a text.