The literacy program at Sebastopol Primary School is based on the Victorian Curriculum and the Sebastopol Primary School Instructional Models.  All students participate in a daily 2 hour literacy block consisting of 60 minutes for reading and 60 minutes for writing.


Student literacy skills are developed through targeted teaching and learning experiences. Students’ individual abilities are monitored using formal and ongoing assessment practices in order to provide learning opportunities that caters for the identified needs of each student. We are focused on developing students’ reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills.


Students engage in units of work each term which address; phonics, phonological awareness, sight words, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, spelling rules, handwriting, the writing process, and qualities of writing.


Sebastopol Primary School;

  • Provides a differentiated curriculum and personalised learning environment
  • Develops strong text understanding by focusing on identified reading strategies
  • Provides opportunities for students to engage in independent reading and strategy application
  • Endeavours to provide high engagement texts for all reading levels
  • Administers PAT Reading Assessments
  • Administers Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System for reading
  • Uses NAPLAN Writing assessment tools
  • Celebrates National Simultaneous Story Time, Education Week and Book Week






At Sebastopol Primary School we understand the importance of reading and want to create active, thoughtful and proficient readers.  To achieve this, each classroom has a classroom library so that students can access a wide range of reading opportunities and experiences for both instructional and recreational purposes. Our reading program is continually monitored to ensure student engagement and growth. 


Independent Reading

Independent reading provides time for students to practise their reading goals. All students take part in independent reading and have a rage of easy, good fit and challenging texts in their reading tubs. These texts are chosen by the student with teacher guidance.


Guided Reading

During guided reading sessions, teachers select texts that match the needs of children who, through assessment, have been identified as being at a similar level to one another.  Within each of these sessions, teachers support the reading in a way that enables students to read more challenging texts.


Individual Conferencing

Individual reading conferences is a vital element of our reading program.  Teachers frequently meet with students and conduct 5 to 10 minute individual conferences.  These sessions allow teachers and students to complete reading assessments and provide feedback on goal progression.



Students who have mastered basic early reading skills but are finding it difficult to improve their reading skills to keep up with the curriculum, or who have no yet achieved reading fluency, may be selected to partake in the MultiLit Word Attack Skills program.  These sessions are conducted at least three times a week.


To view a copy of our Instructional Model, please click here.






The Sebastopol Primary School’s writing program explores the writing process, specific genre work and the '6+1 Traits of Writing'. Students engage with units of work which explore areas such as; audience and authors voice, text organisation, ideas, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions of writing.  Our writing lessons focus on a mini lesson, student work time, teacher/student conferences to support writing, and sharing time with peers.


Writer's Notebook

An important compenent of our writing program, is the Writer's Notebook.  Throughout writing sessions, students compete a variety of activities to develop 'seeds' for longer writing pieces.  However this is only the beginning, and whilst not all writing ideas may reach a final copy, students are taught to generate their topics from their own experiences and interests, whilst exploring different writing styles.


To view a copy of our Instructional Model, please click here.




Speaking and Listening


​New vocabulary acquisition at all levels of school is important so that students can express themselves clearly and confidently.  Listening for questioning, understanding, elaborating or providing feedback are all part of our comprehensive oral language program.

We also have a Speech Therapist onsite weekly to assist students with language development.




Literacy Resources


Developing strong skills in reading and writing is critical to ensure your child's success in early learning and beyond.  You can make a difference by supporting what your child learns at school and helping them to learn at home by using the resources provided below.




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Last edit: 25 August 2021, 21:17