At Devon Meadows Primary School we believe that the teaching of literacy and being literate is vitally important and sets the ground work for a successful future. We are continually striving to deliver the very best literacy program for our students. Below is some information on the literacy programs currently being implemented at our school.



We are currently carrying out an action research project in our Junior School (Prep - Grade 2) involving the implementation of the Fitzroy Readers program, a phonics based approach to teaching decoding when reading.

This no fuss, back to basics approach has seen some very encouraging results thus far and we look forward to seeing continued positive feedback as the project continues.




The Fitzroy Readers are a set of 80 story books that children read for themselves. The Readers take the young learner from simple sounding words like cat and mat (in the 1st story) through to words like appreciative and consciousness (in the final story) in 80 easy steps.

Children using the Fitzroy Readers typically reach a high standard of literacy by the time they enter early secondary schooling. Their literacy opens the door to all other subjects.

Learners make rapid progress with the Fitzroy Readers because of the logical progression of new sounds. There are no surprises in the Fitzroy Method. Each new sound (such as a, er, all, or tion) is introduced with a particular story. The immediate reward of each Reader is that children can decipher more of the words they see in the world around them.

To learn more about the Fitzroy Readers program click the banner above.

As our students progress and they become competent decoders of text our teaching focus shifts towards comprehension of text and various strategies to aid in the comprehension of text.
At Devon Meadows Primary School in the higher Grades (3-6) we are applying the CAFE approach towards the teaching of comprehension and reading.


The Literacy CAFE™ System helps students understand and master
the four key components of successful reading:
Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary.

How does it work?

The CAFE Menu breaks each component—comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary—into significant strategies that support each goal. Posted on the classroom wall and built throughout the year, it serves as a visual reminder of whole-class instruction as well as individual student goals.


To learn more about 'The Daily CAFE' click the banner above or to see what is on the CAFE reading menu click here.