At Blackburn Lake Primary School we have a whole school commitment to English. We deliver a two-hour English block each day where children focus on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Each child is carefully monitored and provided with explicit teaching so that they can be suitably challenged.
At BLPS we follow a Reader's Workshop approach to teaching reading. Reader’s Workshop is a framework for explicit reading instruction that provides students with authentic reading experiences that focus on the strengths and needs of the individual child.
Our Writer’s Workshop follows a very similar structure and exposes students to a variety of writing styles that promote creativity and understanding. Our students experiment with different writing genres and develop a deeper understanding of the writing process: planning, drafting, editing, revising and publishing.
Word Study continues to be an integral part of the English block and daily activities allow students to continue to expand their understanding of high-frequency words and increase their knowledge of simple and complex spelling patterns. Students are encouraged to communicate in both formal and informal situations. Numerous speaking and Listening experiences allow students to develop their confidence when addressing an audience. At Blackburn Lake Primary School, we also offer the Tutor Learning Initiative for students requiring additional support.