The Daily 5 and Literacy CAFÉ is a whole school literacy program.
The Daily 5 is a series of literacy tasks which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals. The Daily 5 is more than a management system or a curriculum framework – it is a structure that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy.
Assessing young readers involves more than determining a reading level and moving them onto the next. The CAFÉ Menu, which is used to support the Daily 5, helps students understand and master different strategies used by successful readers.
Many programs are used to assess the reading and comprehension levels of our 3-6 students. The programs used to assess each student, is chosen to best suit the needs of the student. These programs are PM Benchmarking, The Informal PROSE inventory and Read Theory. Running records are a regular feature of the literacy session, as are guided and reciprocal reading sessions.
In year 5/6 students are also exposed to Literature Circle reading sessions.
Year 3-6 students will begin their reading program in the first week of school. Students will re-visit how to select a ‘Good Fit’ book and borrow these books from the class library and/or school library, to place in their book boxes. Each morning before school students are encouraged to complete daily morning reading with a teacher, parent or peer.
Students will keep a record of their reading either in a reading log or on an online program called Whooo’s Reading, (https://www.whooosreading.org) where both parents and teachers will be able to keep track of students reading, as well as students responding to questions about their reading material.
We use a variety of ICT programs and apps to engage students in literacy to motivate reading and writing to develop lifelong independent learners.
We use Literacy Planet, (http://www.literacyplanet.com)
A spelling, reading and grammar program. “Literacy Planet is proven to boost literacy development. Kids have fun while learning. Developed by Australian educators. Rewarding, interactive and curriculum aligned.” (Literacy Planet)
Google Docs and the Google Classroom is used daily to support all areas of literacy.
Many other ICT platforms are used for blogging, presenting of work, listening to reading, online reading, writing, spelling and grammar.
The Sound Waves Spelling program (http://www.fireflyeducation.com.au)
Is a whole school phonemic approach to spelling that students continue to use in years 3-6.
The Big Write Program. (http://www.andrelleducation.com/big-writing/)
“Big Writing embraces and celebrates the thoughts and emotions of children, recognising them first through talk and then in writing. It specifically addresses the teaching of ‘Writer’s Voice’ whilst ensuring highest quality of Basic Skills.” (Andrell Education)
VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation) is also used in our daily literacy sessions as part of our Big Write program.