At St Dominic’s we aim to support every child in developing essential literacy skills and strategies to actively participate in an ever changing world.


We believe an effective Literacy program:

  • uses ongoing assessment to target individual student learning

  • Uses the Victorian Curriculum to inform all learning, teaching and reporting

  • provides Literacy Intervention to students who have been identified as at risk or gifted

  • incorporates small group focussed teaching in every literacy lesson

  • allows students time to practise skills and strategies during independent learning time

  • builds teacher capacity to deliver high quality learning and teaching opportunities for all students

  • requires a minimum of 8 hours per week

  • encourages parental involvement in their child’s English development

  • is highly structured and based on researched teaching practice

  • focusses on building oral language and comprehension skills

  • shares a love of literature with students regularly attending the library to read and borrow books.