Literacy and Numeracy

Canterbury teaches the basics of literacy and numeracy using nationally-recognised, evidence-based practices.

Teaching the elements of English at Canterbury is central to all classrooms in our Junior School.
We use approaches backed by evidence-based brain science to plan our approach to reading, based strongly around phonics.
Our approach to teaching writing uses the VCOP approach – Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation.
These four elements quickly and easily enhance writing by creating the writer’s voice.

VCOP really adds the ‘icing on the cake’ – excitement, pizzazz and flow to keep the audience engaged throughout a writing piece.

VCOP also 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
Mathematics in the Junior School consists of explicit instruction alongside solid practise of maths skills, maths mentals and problem-solving through investigations.

The Junior School utilises a ‘whole school’ approach to Mathematics which immerses students in relevant, real-life maths investigations.

These engaging investigations allow students to genuinely apply and practise their knowledge of maths concepts.

Students are initially taught full concepts explicitly, and then progress to utilising their problem-solving tools to apply this learning in real-life situations.

Mental computation skills are also specifically taught.

This refers to completing calculations ‘in your head’ rather than recalling basic facts.

It is not necessarily more efficient than written computations.

However, the importance lies in its portability and flexibility.

As our students proceed through Junior School, they will develop an increasing repertoire of mental strategies to assist with calculating and estimating mentally.