Literacy and Numeracy
“Ensuring growth within knowledge and learning dispositions, children have greater agency to act upon the world and the diverse contexts in which they live”
Building literacy capacity of all children is key to our teaching and learning at St John’s. The diverse literacy practices provide a quality, differentiated learning design drawing on purposeful, innovative approaches to foster many literacies that will enable all to communicate, interpret and participate fully now and in the future. Whilst one of the key drivers of curriculum at St John’s is the Victorian Curriculum, we believe it is essential that teachers consider the needs, interests and abilities of children when planning effective teaching and learning in literacy. Through an evidence-based approach, learning and teaching in literacy is differentiated to meet the needs of each child. Ensuring growth within knowledge and learning dispositions, children have greater agency to act upon the world and the diverse contexts in which they live. Educators work side-by-side to interpret a range of data, map each child against a learning progression, determine the next steps in their understandings and design the learning accordingly.
Children experience the richness of quality literature on a daily basis, through Read To, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Literature Circle, Book Clubs and a range of quality teaching and learning strategies designed to promote a love of reading. Children progressively work towards becoming proficient writers, learning about the many purposes of writing, developing a love of writing that is authentic and purposeful.
At St John’s, we believe maths is best learned through diverse, dynamic and engaging learning experiences, connected to children’s interests and lives. We place children at the centre of our heart, and consider their individual needs when designing learning and discovery.
Through a diverse range of experiences, children have opportunities to build mathematical skills and knowledge. Using a range of explicit teaching strategies, children practise skills, and share and reflect on their learning through dialogue and discussion.
We provide a variety of learning contexts including the use of hands on materials, open-ended tasks and rich learning activities to promote a love of mathematics. Children are able to develop a growing confidence to take responsibility for their own learning journeys, ultimately inspiring joy and passion for Maths.