In the Early Years program this year our focus is on assisting our students in Kindergarten and
Grade 1 to reach appropriate reading level goals. In order to accomplish this we will use the
information gathered in classroom assessment and from the Strong Beginnings assessment to
plan our literacy program to meet student needs. We will participate in the STARS program for
our Grade 1 students to provide additional instruction in letter recognition and beginning reading
skills to assist these students to reach Grade 1 expectations by the end of this school year.
In Grades 2-4, we will continue to focus on developing reading comprehension skills and writing
skills. We will continue to add regional literacy strategies in our classes to meet the learning
styles of all students. We will continue to use the 6&1 Writing Traits program to enhance the
writing skills of our students. We will also introduce the Printing Without Tears program to our
students who are reluctant writers to provide them with specific skill training to increase their
comfort with printing and writing.
In our Middle Years classes we will use the information provided by the Strong Beginnings
program to focus our teaching on skill development in reading comprehension, writing skills and
literature studies. We will use a variety of techniques, including the regional literacy strategies to
introduce our students to a variety of genres in both reading and writing and to continue the
development of their skills in both areas. We will also provide more focus on literacy as learning
to help students refine their awareness of what constitutes good reading and writing and to assist
them to develop higher expectations of their own work.
Assessment at all levels will follow the provincial guidelines of using assessment both as a
teaching and learning tool. We will continue to work at developing rubrics with our students.
Project work and literature circles will be used to assess students’ development in working as a
group to accomplish a goal.