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Literacy Programs

Daily 5 and CAFE system

Lake Bolac College has embraced its passion for literacy by introducing the Daily 5 and CAFE system across the junior school. 

The Daily 5 consists of a series of literacy tasks - 'Read to Self', 'Read to Someone', 'Listen to Reading', 'Work on Writing' and 'Word Work'.

Students complete these tasks daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals.

The Daily 5 is more than a management system or a curriculum framework, it is a structure that aims to help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence.

The Daily 5 has been supported with the introduction of CAFE Reading.

CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, and the system includes goal-setting with individual students, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs and fine tuning one on one discussions.

The junior school students at Lake Bolac P-12 College have embraced the Daily 5 and CAFE system and like having personal goals for both their reading and writing.

The students always look forward to their literacy sessions and the teachers are especially enjoying instilling a lifelong love of reading in their students.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a one to one early intervention program that provides opportunities for students, who have been identified as needing additional assistance, to develop effective reading and writing strategies. Students participating in the program receive intensive daily lessons from a qualified Reading Recovery teacher. The Reading Recovery program is offered in addition to the regular classroom reading and writing program.


Multilit is a program to assist students from Year 2 and above in supporting them to build their knowledge in reading sight words. Other work is done developing decoding and spelling skills. Students share reading and discuss their understanding of what has been read.

Spelling Mastery

Spelling Mastery is a six-level Direct Instruction series that teaches students dependable spelling skills by blending three approaches: the phonemic approach, the whole word approach and the morphemic approach. Each approach has advantages and possible disadvantages. Spelling Mastery is designed to maximize the advantages of each approach and minimize the disadvantages.

Seven Steps to Writing Success

The Seven Steps is a unique system that chunks writing into seven main techniques. 

1 Plan for Success, 2 Sizzling Starts, 3 Tightening Tension, 4 Dynamic Dialogue, 5 Show, Don't Tell, 6 Ban the Boring, 7 Exciting Endings.

Seven Steps provides students with proven and fun techniques to use in their writing. We have created a broad sporting program that helps our students form a positive attitude towards physical activity and a positive self-image.

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