The English curriculum comprises Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Mitcham Primary School and indeed all schools are mandated to engage students in becoming literate.
Mitcham Primary School provides a developmental Reading, Writing and Spelling program. Our school is committed to the Early Years Literacy Program (Prep to Year 4) and the Middle Years Literacy Program (Years 5 & 6). Mitcham also provides Literacy Intervention (MiniLit and MaqLit) and English as an Additional Language Program. Parents, specialist teachers and classroom teachers provide support for our English program, individually, in small groups and inclusively within the classroom. Parents who participate in classroom programs are appropriately trained for their role.
Currently, we are implementing the whole school writing program, ‘Big Write’ and ‘VCOP’ through Andrell Education (http://www.andrelleducation.com.au/). This program engages students in writing by enabling them to fluently engage with, critique and improve their writing, through the focus of vocabulary use, connectives, sentence openers and punctuation use.
Throughout the school, Literacy skills are taught within the context of the English program and the Integrated Curriculum Program.