At Trinity Gardens School literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills students need to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school. 

The Literacy continuum incorporates two overarching processes:

  • Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing, and
  • Composing texts through speaking, writing and creating. 

The following areas of knowledge apply to both processes:

  • Text knowledge
  • Grammar knowledge
  • Word knowledge, and
  • Visual knowledge. 

Teachers work collaboratively to plan and implement a teaching and learning cycle centred around the needs of the students. Student achievement is tracked and monitored through this cycle and a range of intervention programs are available to support students.

Literacy is strengthened, made specific and extended in other learning areas, as students engage in a range of learning activities. Paying attention to the literacy demands of each learning area ensure that students’ literacy development is strengthened so that it supports subject based learning. 

Trinity Gardens School ensures that literacy appropriate to each learning area is embedded into the content descriptions and elaborations of the learning area and is actively referred to when assessing and reporting. 

At Trinity Gardens School, we teach at least 300 minutes of Literacy per week. 

Students’ literacy development can be supported at home through listening to student’s read and also engaging in conversations about the text. It is through these conversations that enjoyment of reading and development of complex comprehension strategies is developed and nurtured.