Literacy and Numeracy


Literacy is an essential skill for students in becoming successful learners. The development of literacy skills is vital as it influences the success students can experience in all learning areas. In 2016, HPCPS successfully implemented the MiniLit Program for students who require further development of their literacy skills. This is an evidence-based program that focuses on the explicit teaching of essential reading and literacy skills. There is a focus on teaching the basics of letter/sound knowledge and decoding skills for CVC words as well as extending word attack skills.


The West Australian Curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently. These are skills that can be integrated into other learning areas. At HPCPS, we have a focus on explicitly teaching mental math strategies and encouraging the students to recognise the strategies they commonly use, while also expanding their repertoire.