Being a literate person is fundamental to being able to fully participate in the world. To be able to communicate our thoughts, ideas needs and wants adequately we need to be able to speak and listen, read and write and use multimedia very well.

Mother of God is a culturally and linguistically diverse school. Children who attend Mother of God school often speak a language other than English at home. While English is the language of communication and instruction at school, we value highly the knowledge and skills children and their families have in their first language. We encourage families to help their children maintain and extend their first language while also learning English.

Spoken language is the starting point for teaching reading and writing. At Mother of God we develop and extend students skills and knowledge of oral language (speaking and listening) and use this as a springboard into learning to read and write.

Learning about and through English happens at every minute of every day at school, however the first two hours of every day are specifically put aside to explicitly teach children about speaking and listening, reading and writing. We do this by giving children lots of opportunities to talk with each other and with us, reading to students, with students and students reading independently and writing for students, with students and students writing independently. We often use resources such as Big Books, books on CD’s, discovery centers, Interactive whiteboards and computers to assist children in their learning. Children bring books that they can read easily home to practice.

Teachers use a range of student groupings such as whole class, small groups and independent activity in order to respond the range of skills and experiences within the group of learners.