At Templeton Primary School there are high expectations for pupils to become effective communicators in a variety of ways; through visual, oral, reading, writing, listening and speaking literacies.

Classroom literacy programmes are in line with the NZ Literacy Progressions and are integrated across all learning areas.  The NZ online curriculum offers an informative webpage for parents to refer to - please note that this page refers to the National Standards that no longer apply in schools, however it does give an insight into the aspects covered at different Year levels.

Reading and Writing at TPS
In the Junior team the focus for literacy is to build up letter sound knowledge (phonics), spell high frequency words and apply this to our writing.  We encourage oral language to begin our writing so children realise the sequence of words and how letters sound.  We apply these phonic skills to reading, focussing on decoding new words by sounding out letter sounds.

To meet the Templeton Primary School expectations your child will be learning to:
  • show they can plan what they want to write about through talking, drawing or perhaps in words
  • link their writing to their everyday experiences
  • use many words they know from their reading
In the Middle team, students are exposed to all genres of writing where they learn to write to persuade, inform or entertain.  They are becoming more aware of writing for an audience and having a purpose to their writing.  In reading, students are reading a broader range of texts and shifting their focus from 'learning to read' to 'reading to learn'.

To meet the Templeton Primary School expectations your child will be learning to:
  • write with purpose, to persuade, inform or entertain
  • plan their ideas in detail
  • re-craft their writing to suit the intended audience
In the Senior team, students are more independent in applying their skills to write specific tasks.  They consistently consider audience and purpose when writing and striving to learn through their reading.  Children at this level are reading and writing across the curriculum, unlocking new information and creating new understandings.

Writing at Home
Make writing fun
  • let your child see you writing
  • encourage them to write - shopping lists, birthday cards, postcards, email friends
Give your children reasons to write
  • Write to each other.  Write notes to your child and leave them in interesting places, like their lunchbox.  Ask them to write a reply.
  • help them email, text or write to family or friends
  • work with them to put labels on special things - like the door to their room