Footscray West Primary School places a strong emphasis on developing literacy skills through meaningful contexts. We believe the study of English is central to the learning and development of creative, confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed students. Students develop key strategies and skills to analyse, understand, question and communicate to become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. We encourage our students to become fluent and expressive writers by exploring a diverse range of text types and purposes for writing. Across the school we incorporate ‘The 6+1 Traits of Writing’ as a way to teach the most important qualities of good writing - Organisation, Ideas, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions and Presentation.
Teachers work collaboratively to plan using the Victorian Curriculum and deliver a consistent approach to teaching literacy.
Daily supported instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening is based around gradually releasing responsibility from the teacher to student-centred collaboration and independent practice. This is supported through the Tribes process which is an integral part of our curriculum delivery. Student conferences are part of the lesson process to ensure that individual goals are negotiated to help improve learning outcomes in reading and writing for every child. A well-stocked school library and classroom libraries contain a streamlined and current collection of reading material to engage students and support independent reading. All students have weekly access to the school library.