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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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