Today a Reader, tomorrow a Leader!

Literacy

Bourchier St Primary School’s literacy program develops each child’s ability to speak, listen, read and write competently and confidently for the purposes of communication, learning and enjoyment in our society.

The Reader's Workshop

We believe that all students need to experience high-quality teaching to ensure maximum learning. The reading workshop model is based on high impact teaching strategies. 

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Speaking & Listening

A solid foundation of oral language helps children become successful readers, strong communicators and increases their confidence and overall sense of well-being. Talk, talk, talk!  

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Children learn language and learn about language by using it for their own purposes. The purpose of language is the pivotal aspect of language development. We provide students with many language opportunities that serve a variety of purposes, such as formulating ideas, seeking information, expressing opinions, engaging in discussions, relating information, questioning, challenging, describing and persuading.

Speaking and listening plays a vital role in developing language as well as providing students with the essential pre-reading skills, strategies and behaviors by:

Creating links between language and real experiences

Creating links between spoken and written language

Demonstrating how thinking, talking, reading and writing are inter-related

Realising that thoughts can be talked about, written about and read about 

Literacy Assessment

Rigorous and continuous assessment underpins all of the work we do. Our practice involves the provision of effective feedback to students and active involvement of students in their own learning.

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All teachers use assessment to make adjustments to teaching. At Bourchier we recognise the profound influence assessment has on the motivation and self-esteem of students, both of which are crucial influences on learning, the need for students to be able to assess themselves and understand how to improve is an essential component of our assessment practices. 

Developing Passion

We want to ignite a passion for reading and writing!  Enthusiastic “read alouds” are commonplace in our classrooms, reading nooks with pillows, allow students to choose, take risks and keep an open mind! 

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The Writer's Workshop

Complementing our Readers workshop. The Writers workshop aims to provide learners with a sesne that they are all authors and immerse them in the wonderful world of language and literacy. 

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Reading Recovery

Early Literacy Intervention is critical for early learners. Our one-on-one reading recovery program aims to get learners the reading support they need to allow them to flourish as readers and writers.  

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Welcome to Reading Recovery! Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention program designed for students who need extra support in their literacy learning. It is a one to one program facilitated by a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher. The Reading Recovery Program operates for children in Year 1.

At Bourchier Street Primary School we have fully trained Reading Recovery teachers. The Reading Recovery Lesson Daily 30 minute lessons are individually designed and delivered by Reading Recovery teachers who have completed a year-long in-service education program. Drawing from their training and daily observations, Reading Recovery teachers make decisions to support each child’s learning. 

During each lesson, each child will be: 

  • Reading familiar books.
  • Rereading a new book from the previous day.
  • Working on letter and/or words.
  • Composing and writing a story.
  • Assembling a cut-up story sentence.
  • Introduced to a new book.
  • Reading a new book. 

The daily lesson of reading and writing provides useful information about what the child knows and what he/she needs to know. 

Expert Practioners

At Bourchier St Primary,  Literacy is foundational to everything we do. We invest heavily in the professional learning of our teachers and as such we consider every teacher at Bourchier an expert on Literacy.  

Readers & Writers Notebooks

Readers & Writer’s notebooks allow learners to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. They provide an easy, informal way to start thinking about new topics and ideas.  Let’s get wrtiting! 

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These notebooks are a great place to store favorite quotes, random facts, dreams, and ideas for the future.  So, what are you waiting for?  Get writing!

Literacy Articles

2020 Year Six Graduation

2020 Year Six Graduation

2020 Year Six Graduation We are now finished a truly remarkable year! Well done to our 2020 Graduates. We wish them all the success and happiness next year! 2020 Highlights Video Reading, Writing, Maths, Remote Learning, Events & More! Check it out in this great...

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A trip to the Zoo!

A trip to the Zoo!

This week our Junior School is off the Zoo! Located just outside of Mansfield in the Victorian High Country the Mansfiels Zoo is a hidden gem. A lot of people do not even know it is there! It is a really amazing place in a beautiful setting. On Wednesday our Year Two...

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Grazie Tallulah!

Grazie Tallulah!

Buongiono! We would like to acknowledge and congratulate Tallulah’s achievements during her time in the art room in term 4. Tallulah is a previous Bourchier Street PS alumni and came back as a student on work experience to become an AID. She finished her placement...

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The 2020 COVID CUP (Bourchier PS v Guthrie PS)

The 2020 COVID CUP (Bourchier PS v Guthrie PS)

With an extremely difficult year in the sporting department being that most things were all cancelled, we partnered up with Guthrie Street Primary School and with a little bit of planning the Bourchier Guthrie Covid Cup was born. The slogan for the cup is Bringing...

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Orientation Day: Tuesday the 8th of December

Orientation Day: Tuesday the 8th of December

Next Tuesday for everyone except for our 2021 Foundation Students will be our Orientation Day! More information about Foundation Orientation Week can be found here. Orientation Day will provide an opportunity for kids to meet their 2021 teacher and check out what will...

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Orientation Week for 2021 Foundation Students!

Orientation Week for 2021 Foundation Students!

At Bourchier we have always placed a high importance on a successful transition program. A good transition program is an opportunity for us to engage and build relationships with children and communicate to children that they are in a safe, secure and predictable...

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Year Four Writing Showcase

Year Four Writing Showcase

Today our Year Fours hosted an exhibition of their recently published books. It was fantastic to see so many authors and so many fantastic stories.  There was interesting characters, incredibly descriptive settings and entertaining plots. It was great to see so many...

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Remembrance Day 2020

Remembrance Day 2020

Today was Remembrance Day. At 11am on the 11th of November in 1918 the fighting stopped in World War One. This ended four years of continuous fighting where millions of people lost their lives. Every year we pause with a minute's silence to pay tribute to people of...

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2020 Book Day!

2020 Book Day!

Book day in 2020 was a book day like no other! Our Book day is always a very special day on our school calendar. It is the perfect time to elaborate authors, books and of course...reading! Due to COVID-19 restrictions we were unable to have visitors on site which...

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