Lara Lake Primary School holds dear certain teaching and learning principles which constitute effective English instruction. They include:

  • We teach English every day, in the morning where possible
  • We teach ten hours of English per week
  • We make the lesson focus explicit so students understand exactly what is being covered and why
  • We know where students are placed in terms of their learning via prior and ongoing assessment and plan to teach at point of need
  • We differentiate activities so each student's learning needs are catered for
  • We always incorporate a reflection time in the lesson
  • We ensure there are a large number of books in our classroom in a variety of genres that are easy, just right and hard
  • We allow for silent sustained independent reading with reading conferencing with the teacher in all grades from P - 6
  • We read to children daily – books, poems, rhymes, chants
  • We plan and prepare for English sessions with a clear focus in mind
  • We plan with the student at the centre and teach to point of need
  • We plan to teach explicitly the strategies of comprehension and use the team's comprehension planner to guide teaching
  • We have a vocabulary rich classroom
  • We provide many opportunities for oral language development
  • We plan to explicitly teach grammar and punctuation
  • We provide opportunities for students to investigate spelling
  • We ensure that there is a structured reading and writing hour that utilises whole, part, whole approach with a focus for learning that is made clear to students. We incorporate reading aloud, shared reading, independent reading and purposeful small group reading activities
  • We use writing rubrics and proficiency scales to provide a structure for the teaching of each text type
  • We begin each writing session with Modelled Writing with an explicit focus for learning
  • We engage students in a variety of purposeful writing activities daily