Literacy and Numeracy

Canterbury teaches the basics of literacy and numeracy using nationally-recognised, research-based frameworks.

Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills (THRASS) is a whole of Junior School approach; being not a program but rather an approach to the teaching of handwriting, reading and spelling. The whole of Junior School approach to writing is VCOP – vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. These four elements quickly and easily enhance writing by creating the writer’s voice.

VCOP adds the icing on the cake – excitement, pizzazz and flow to keep the audience engaged throughout a writing piece. VCOP encourages independent and self-reflecting writers while fostering the love for writing through games, activities, discussions, conversations and writing tasks.

THRASS teacher with group of students
Maths in the Junior School consists of explicit instruction and practise of maths skills, maths mentals and problem solving through investigations.

The Junior School utilises a whole school approach to maths which immerses students in relevant, real-life maths investigations.  These engaging investigations allow students to apply and practise their knowledge of maths concepts.

Students are initially explicitly taught maths concepts and then progress to using their problem-solving tools to apply this learning in real life contexts. Mental computation skills are also explicitly taught. This refers to doing calculations ‘in your head’ and involves much more than recall of basic facts. It is not necessarily quicker than written computation; sometimes it will be slower. Its importance lies in its portability and flexibility. As students proceed through the Junior School, they will develop an increasing repertoire of mental strategies to assist in calculating and estimating mentally.