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

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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2020 Bourchier Cup

2020 Bourchier Cup

The Bourchier Cup has become an institution at Bourchier Street Primary School. It started ten years ago as a way of using the spring racing carnival to bring fun and learning. Beginning its life as a Senior School event, the Bourchier Cup involved students and...

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Fun Friday’s & Dress Ups!

Fun Friday’s & Dress Ups!

We wanted to thank everyone for all the great work they have put into outfits for our Book day, Footy Colours day and also tomorrow's 'Bourchier Cup' day. The idea of Fun Fridays in Term Four was to ensure that the kids were all very excited about returing to school...

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Spoonville in our Junior Yard

Spoonville in our Junior Yard

Last week the children in FJS set up a “Spoonville” in our Junior yard! We hope to bring some cheer and happiness to all who pass by and see these colourful characters! The children had a lot of fun creating some weird and sparkly characters! Be sure to say hello to...

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Watch out Shark Tank! Kidpreneurs on the loose!

Watch out Shark Tank! Kidpreneurs on the loose!

This term our Year Five students have kicked off their Kidpreneur projects. Kidpreneur is a program that teaches our students financial literacy and all the skills that go with starting and running a business. So far our students have formed business teams, designated...

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2021 Transition: Story Time at Bourchier

2021 Transition: Story Time at Bourchier

It was great that many of you were able to make our Story Time Zoom session on Friday afternoon. We really enjoyed seeing the faces of some of our newest Bourchier students! We will be running another Story Time on September the...

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Fun Fridays!

Fun Fridays!

Who likes fun? Surely everybody! That is exactly what we wanted to bring to everyone with our Fun Fridays. We are in the second period of remote learning in 2020 and have now been unable to be at school since the start of August. Everyone has been doing such a great...

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