Literacy


"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book."
Frank Serafini - Professor of Literacy Education.



The teaching team at SHPS, under the guidance of Educational Consultant - Chris Egan, has established a set of core beliefs around how students learn to read. With the use of current research, combined with personal values, the team has mapped out a school wide approach to teaching and assessing students in the area of reading. 

The method, which is centred around student learning, will best equip ALL children with the necessary skills to be avid and inquisitive readers. 

With a whole staff commitment, each student from P-6 will be provided with the opportunity to learn and access a guaranteed and viable literacy curriculum that includes:


  1. - Phonological Awareness; rhyme, syllables, segmenting & blending, and manipulation of sounds
  2. - Explicit phonics instruction; letter & sound identification
  3. - Vocabulary Development; increase students knowledge of  words to include how to read, write, say and use new terminology
  4. - Comprehension Strategies; Text Structures & Features, Prediction & Prior Knowledge, Visualising, Questioning, Summarising & Inferring
  5. - Fluency & Expression


In 2017 the students will have access to rich and varied texts through classroom libraries. These deliberately designed spaces will motivate and engage children in the reading process resulting in; enhanced world knowledge, increased reading stamina and most importantly a love of reading. 

Note: Additional reading support is offered in the form of Little Learners Love Literacy, Sound Check and Levelled Literacy Intervention.

Monique Welsh


Further Reading

Little Learners Love Literacy

Sound Check

Levelled Literacy Intervention