At St Francis de Sales we offer an evidence-based approach to teaching critical literacy skills based on our firm belief in literacy as a tool for promoting positive life outcomes. As such, we strive to develop an engaging literacy program that promotes skill development in reading and viewing, writing, speaking, and listening in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Using the Victorian Curriculum as a foundation, our practice also draws upon the enormous body of research regarded as the Science of Reading, according to which oral language, phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension should be integrated into daily reading opportunities.

Our early year’s educators engage all students in Prep to Year 2 with daily Phonological & Phonemic Awareness activities. In Prep we also use the Little Learners Love Literacy Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) program.

At St Francis de Sales, a daily literacy block is mandated at each level of our school. It is structured so that teachers work with both whole and small groups, enabling differentiated teaching and learning to take place.

Literacy Leader | Ms Amelia Morse