At Diamond Creek Primary School our English program focuses on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in reading, viewing, writing, speaking and listening. These skills are integrated into all areas of the curriculum. Since 2011 the school has implemented the Write to Read method from Foundation to Grade Six. W2R explicitly teaches all students the skills necessary to be successful in English. It is a multi-sensory approach that incorporates phonemic awareness, explicit phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

All children from Foundation to Grade Six participate in a two hour literacy block every day. These sessions focus on both reading and writing. Typically, a session begins with a whole class focus where the teacher models specific skills in reading and writing. Children then work in small groups or individually at their level of understanding. These groups are fluid and can change depending on the focus. Individual student needs are taken into account when organising and planning for these sessions.

At DCPS parent participation is an integral and valuable component of our Early Years Program. Parents work with small groups of children under the guidance of the classroom teacher.