Using the Fitzroy Program as a core English resource supports a high level of achievement in the Australian Curriculum standards. The Australian Curriculum version 9.0 has introduced a strong focus on phonics. The Fitzroy Program, being a long-established and user-friendly P-6 phonic literacy program, is a great choice for Australian primary school students.
The Australian English Curriculum is divided into three strands: language, literature and literacy. The Fitzroy Program provides students with essential skills in all three strands, with a particular emphasis on the literacy strand.
Language Strand in the Fitzroy Program
The Word Skills workbooks provide for the systematic acquisition of grammar and punctuation skills throughout the primary years. Creative, persuasive and practical writing tasks in the Word Skills provide opportunities to create texts for different purposes and audiences. Chapter 10 of the Fitzroy Teacher's Guide offers tips for teaching writing skills, including the use of figurative language and other literary devices.
Literature Strand in the Fitzroy Program
There are ninety Fitzroy Readers to read, reflect on, and analyse in the Fitzroy Program. Reading and responding to these stories provides a great foundation from which to launch into the wonderful world of literature. The Word Skills workbooks offer creative writing prompts that are thematically related to the corresponding Reader. These include drawing activities for the youngest students. Working with the script, in Word Skills 31-40 and 41-50, includes writing tasks for adapting or retelling the Reader story. Subjects for discussion are provided at every Reader level and offer opportunity for reflective conversation on the texts throughout the year levels.
Literacy Strand in the Fitzroy Program
The Fitzroy Program is a systematic and comprehensive phonic literacy program. The Fitzroy Alphabet Book, Fitzroy Readers, Word Skills and Word Families workbooks teach literacy skills across the year levels; from basic letter sounds and writing the letters, to increasingly complex letter patterns and word families. The Word Skills workbooks also include comprehension activities and creative, persuasive and practical writing tasks which increase in complexity over the year levels. Many of these tasks can be completed in a multimodal format. Chapters 10 and 11 in the Fitzroy Teacher's Guide offer tips for teaching creative and persuasive writing, as well as debating and oral presentation skills.