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At Brunswick South-West Primary School we use a combination of the Australian Curriculum and the AusVELS as a framework for what we teach in English.

We believe that all students can succeed in literacy.  Students participate in a daily structured literacy program to develop strong skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.  Oral language development is a vital part of all school activities.  It underpins success in reading and writing and is central to all other learning.

English has 10 hours per week of designated teaching time. It is also integrated in all other learning areas.

Home and school partnership helps develop a love of reading through rich stories and literature. Our school library is a good source of books.

All students are expected to read every night. Students in Prep, Years 1 & 2 bring home a new Home Reading book in a book bag every day.  Students in Years 3-6 may need to read a Home Reading book over several nights.

Students participate in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Students in Prep – Year 2 are required to read or to have experienced 30 books. Students from Years 3-6 are required to read 15 books. The designated list can be found on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge website.

Early in the year we hold an Information Session for parents of Prep students on how children learn to read and write and how they can help at home.

More information about English and AusVELS can be found at:


Reading Recovery

BSWPS offers Reading Recovery, an early intervention program, for students in Year 1 who need extra assistance in literacy.