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Literacy learning at Wangaratta Primary School underpins every facet of our school curriculum. All teachers encourage our students to become lifelong learners and lovers of literacy. Students in the Early Years begin their literacy education with a focus on the development of oral language skills, the necessary precursor for the development of written literacy skills. Students learn about narrative, conversational conventions, vocabulary development, phonological awareness and semantics through explicit small-group teaching and regular practice through games and role plays. Students then progress towards formal reading and writing through the use of an eclectic approach that includes language experiences, modelled and shared reading and writing with a focus on the development of a love of language and literature.


The school has implemented Guided Reading across all year levels, allowing all students to benefit from small-group instruction tailored to meet their stage of development. During Guided Reading, students who are not working in a small group with the teacher are working on differentiated Literacy tasks that are specific to the goals the class is focusing on around grammar, punctuation, comprehension and spelling.


The school regularly holds workshops for parents on assisting children to read, write and communicate, and encourages parents to share in classroom activities after these sessions. Classrooms celebrate learning through bright displays of student work, sharing of work on Seesaw and articles in the school’s newsletter. 


Students participate in weekly Library sessions with their classroom teacher. Encouraging a love for reading and exposing students to a range of texts. Students are allowed to borrow two books at a time that they can take home to enjoy. 



Our teachers are trained in the Big Write and VCOP program which is implemented across our school. The program is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks and discussions, students learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to make in order to continue to improve.

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At Wangaratta PS, we have a whole school approach to spelling. The Sound Waves phonemic approach uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form. This synthetic phonics approach focuses first on the basic units of sound in our language – phonemes. It then explores the letters that represent these sounds and how they can be put together to form written words.


The Sound Waves program is designed for all grades, from Foundation to Grade 6, providing a key strategy to ensuring consistency of approach and results across the entire school.