St. Patrick’s Primary School employs an explicit Structured Literacy approach. Structured Literacy is an instructional approach to teaching reading and writing that is systematic, explicit, and evidence-based. It is designed to develop strong foundational skills in language and literacy. This approach is grounded in the understanding that literacy skills are hierarchical, and explicit instruction in the structure of language is essential for effective reading and writing.
Lessons follow a carefully planned sequence, introducing skills in a logical and systematic order. Students receive explicit instruction in the rules and patterns of language, with emphasis placed on decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) skills. Learning is sequential and cumulative, where instruction builds on what learners have already mastered, gradually increasing in complexity. Ongoing assessment is an integral part of our Structured Literacy instructions, with teachers regularly monitoring progress and adjusting instruction accordingly to ensure that all learners are mastering the required skills.
St. Patrick’s operates the following literacy programs: