Kirton Point Primary School, students learn English during a daily,
120 minute literacy block. Students are taught to read, write,
listen, speak and spell using modelled, guided, independent
processes. A daily warm up consisting of blending, segmenting,
rhyming, phonograms and sight word recognition enables students to
retain skills and information in their long term memory. The
Accelerated Literacy pedagogy is used throughout the school to teach
literacy within a real life context. Student literacy learning is
assessed formatively using observations, questioning and feedback
and summatively using running records, literacy-pro quizzes, PAT R,
SA Spelling, Morrison McCall, Brightpath Writing and Waddington Reading. Literacy
learning is reliant on students being competent in the Big 6
The Big 6:
At Kirton Point, we focus on developing the Big 6 which are
essential skills for reading. The ‘Big 6’ refers to the
following literacy skills:
(sound-letter) and word knowledge
of effective reading is, of course, comprehension which
requires engagement with the text at a deep level, and an
array of skills that go far beyond simple word recognition.
Accelerated Literacy Process:
Accelerated Literacy (AL) is an integral part of the KPPS
literacy program. All current staff members are trained in
the implementation of this pedagogy. We benefit from
external support provided by a qualified literacy
consultant. Twice per term, the consultant visits our
school to plan with teachers, observe practice and provide
feedback on the use of AL pedagogy.
Accelerated Literacy is a pedagogy which makes explicit to
students the ways of speaking, listening, viewing, thinking,
reading, writing and spelling that are part of a literate
discourse in western culture. Students are introduced to a
highly literate text which provides a context within which
students can learn literacy skills and understandings. It
strongly supports teachers in offering a balanced literacy
program, and provides a common language and framework for
teachers and students to support a whole school literacy
The pedagogy is aligned with the aims and content of the
Australian English Curriculum and Literacy as a General
Recovery & Literacy Pro
Students begin their reading journey on the Reading Recovery
levelled readers where there is a strong focus on word
attack skills and fluency. Once students reach level 26+ of
the reading recovery books, they move to the online Literacy
Pro Program. Literacy Pro requires students to choose books
from their level in the school library. Once these books
are read, an online multiple choice quiz is completed. The
quizzes require students to demonstrate their understanding
using a range of comprehension skills.
Throughout the reading process, students are explicitly
taught skills essential for reading comprehension.
These skills include: - connecting -
inferring - visualizing -
synthesizing - predicting
- summarizing - activating prior knowledge
- questioning - scanning
A Cross-Age Reading
Program operates every morning from 8.50 – 9.10 am.
focus for learners is oral reading development. Older
students read with
younger students in the Junior Primary
classes while the remainder of Upper
Primary students engage
in guided reading with their class teachers.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Premier’s
Reading Challenge each year.
Premier’s Reading Challenge motivates South Australian
students from Reception to Year 12 to read books.
are rewarded for their participation and achievement by
receiving Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates and
engage in writing daily and are taught explicitly how to
write texts that persuade, inform and entertain. These
include discussions, responses, expositions, reports,
procedures, explanations, recounts, descriptions and
narratives. Explicit writing instruction is often linked to
the text students are studying through Accelerated Literacy.
A Writing Approach to Reading (WRAP) is a program
designed for teaching literacy skills in an integrated way.
WRAP develops a system of literacy skills by breaking down
the complex reading and writing system into small units of
understanding. By learning 70 phonograms, students are able
to understand how English words are constructed. WRAP
includes instruction in listening, speaking, spelling,
reading, writing, handwriting and comprehension.
KPPS has adopted the WRAP program mainly for spelling as it
builds skills in:
Grammar and Sentence Construction
Listening & Speaking:
Students are taught to effectively use expressive and
receptive methods of communication – listening and speaking.
Daily practice occurs throughout the curriculum. Children
are taught the behaviours and skills of good speakers and
listeners through games, presentations, role plays and
Students at Kirton Point Primary are heavily supported in
literacy and numeracy on a daily basis by trained ssos.
Every class has sso support during the literacy and/or
numeracy block. During intervention sessions, students
review concepts that they have been taught through a process
similar to reading recovery. Primary age students who
require additional support may be involved in quicksmart
literacy three times per week. They practise literacy
skills including word recognition and grammar to
automaticity level and develop comprehension skills during
the sessions. Students with disabilities or who require
additional support for speech and language may also receive
help from external resource personnel such as DECD speech
pathologists or occupational therapists.
Check our our
Literacy at Kirton Point Mind Map
Block at Kirton Point (pdf file)
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The Maths Block
At Kirton Point Primary School, students learn Maths during a daily,
50 - 100 minute numeracy block. Short and sweet maths such as
counting and days of the week is taught as a daily routine whilst
some maths concepts are integrated into other learning areas.
Students learn number and algebra, measurement and geometry, chance
and data using modelled, guided, independent processes.
Numeracy at Kirton Point (pdf file)
||A daily warm up consisting of flashcards and games that
promote automaticity of number enables students to retain skills and
information in their long term memory.
The Ann Baker maths pedagogy is used throughout the school to teach
numeracy within a real life context. This includes a mental routine,
problematized situation or strategy lesson and a reflection for
students to articulate and demonstrate their learning.
|incorporates using mental computation
strategies and responding to open, closed and flip questioning.
|commence with a story which presents
a problem for students to solve. Students use strategies taught and
practised in the strategy lessons to solve problems in many
explicitly teach concepts and skills that students can use
to solve problems.
||enable students to reflect on the learning,
explain processes used, teach their peers and/or articulate the
learning to the whole group.
Student numeracy learning is assessed formatively using student work
samples, questions, and explanations of processes used as well as
observations, questioning and feedback and summatively using PAT M,
NAPLAN and teacher made tests.
Quicksmart Maths support program is used for students in
middle and upper primary years who require practise with
automaticity skills in number. Students receive 30 minute
sessions, 3 times per week with trained ssos. Quicksmart
maths involves students in 6 x 5 minute activities over the
30 minutes. Students graph their individual scores as part
of the routine enabling them to receive instant feedback on
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Kirton Point Primary
Port Lincoln S.A. 5606 Phone : 86821003
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