At Oatlands, we have a strong English Literacy focus across the curriculum. All students participate in our explicit Literacy model which incorporates the Daily 5 and the CAFE reading strategies program. Individual needs are catered for ensuring that all students are given many opportunities to maximise their learning. Whilst our approach is structured it is also sequential and consistent across all year levels. Our Literacy program provides our students with varied and relevant language experiences.
Reading comprehension is a priority as well as grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing, in addition to speaking and listening. We provide our students with a Literacy program that provides them with the language skills required to make sense of and operate in our ever changing world. Our goal is to assist our students to be life long English Literacy learners.
The CAFE Menu breaks each component—comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary—into significant strategies that support each goal. Posted on our classroom walls and developed on throughout the year, The CAFE strategies serve as a visual reminder of whole-class instruction as well as individual student goals. Our teachers use the CAFE strategies to assess, instruct, and monitor student progress. It provides tools for constructing group and individual lessons that provide just-in-time instruction, ensuring that all students reach their potential. The system helps teachers
- establish and track the strengths and goals of each child;
- organise assessment data and use it to inform instruction;
- maximize time with students in whole-group, small-group, and one-on-one settings;
- create flexible small groups focused on specific reading needs;
- engage students, fostering ownership and accountability to reach goals; and
- develop a common language to talk about reading development and proficiency.
Comprehension - I understand what I read
Accuracy - I can read the words
Fluency - I can read accurately, with expression and understand what I read
Expand Vocabulary - I know, find, and use interesting words
SEVEN STEPS TO WRITING
The Seven Steps to Writing program provides the building blocks to great writing. Students are empowered to gain confidence in each of the seven steps, then pull them together to become creative and engaged writers. The Seven Steps are:
- Plan for Success
- Sizzling Starts
- Tightening Tensions
- Dynamic Dialogue
- Show, Don't Tell
- Ban the Boring
- Exciting Endings