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Yarraman Oaks Primary School recognises that English is an integral part of all areas of the curriculum. The English program at Yarraman Oaks Primary School aims to develop students’ thinking, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students are exposed to a variety of texts during the literacy session that foster enjoyment, purpose, understanding and confidence.


Yarraman Oaks ensures students are involved in a wide array of reading experiences:
Reading TO children – Read Aloud
Reading WITH children – Shared Reading
Reading BY children – Independent Reading

During the reading lessons students are taught to:


At Yarraman Oaks Primary School, students participate in Weekly Big Write and VCOP sessions which are based on a methodology for raising the standards in writing across all ages and ability levels throughout Australasia. VCOP is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, students learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.

Lessons focus on different text types including narrative, recount, persuasive and procedural texts. A Student Friendly Criterion Scale empowers the children by allowing them to analyse where their skill set lies, and specifically what steps they need to take in order to move forward.


If a student can say it they can write it, Yarraman Oaks takes this philosophy to heart and we spend a time every morning working on students speaking and listening skills. Speaking confidently and clearly, adapting what they say and how they say it to the purpose and audience. We take these concepts and build them into our reading and writing programs.

Home Reading:

Regular home reading is expected at all levels of the school with parents playing a vital role in laying the foundations for learning to read. Home reading gives children the opportunity to practise and demonstrate their reading skills to others. Students record their home reading in a diary.

Our School Library:

Yarraman Oaks Primary’s library is a key facility in supporting the literacy program. It houses many resources to assist children in developing their language and research skills. Students have the opportunity to borrow books during their library sessions.

Whole School Events:

Premiers Reading Challenge

Yarraman Oaks Primary School participates in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The challenge aims to promote reading at home, and students can log books they have read online to complete the challenge.

Book Week Celebrations

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. Yarraman Oaks Primary School annually celebrates book week with a book parade every second year, where students come dressed up as their favourite book characters. During this week, shortlisted books are read to each class and students complete a fun and engaging art/craft activity related to the book.






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