Literacy Instructional Model
Under the guidance of outstanding leaders and five specially trained teachers in explicit teaching using a Multi-Sensory Structured Language, we have developed literacy instruction that is delivering outstanding results for all students. We are regularly exceeding expected growth across the important years of Foundation - Grade 2 where the fundamental skills of reading must be embedded using Systematic Synthetic phonics.

Reading is made of 6 key areas:

  1. Phonological
  2. Phonics
  3. Sight
  4. Fluency
  5. Vocabulary
  6. Comprehension


Our structured reading approach includes:

  • phonological awareness and phonics skill screening on arrival
  • Explicit teaching of phonological awareness and
  • Automaticity training in the recognition of irregular words/high-frequence
  • Guided practice to improve fluency, which is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression
  • Vocabulary development, which is linked to academic
  • Explicit teaching of comprehension strategies and questioning


We aim to create an environment that allows students to use grammatical knowledge and understandings to make appropriate choices in getting their message across in both written texts and in speaking and listening.

An explicit, whole school approach to grammar has been adopted, so that our students gain essential knowledge and understanding of the functional use of grammar in Standard Australian English.

At Chelsea Primary School students are engaged in a minimum of 10 hours English (reading, writing, spelling and grammar) per week.


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