Literacy and Numeracy

St. Christopher’s offers a strong academic program based on the Victorian Curriculum. We aim to teach students at their point of need and personalise learning opportunities.


At St. Christopher’s we believe literacy is the key to lifelong learning. Reading, writing, speaking and listening and oral language are important life and communication skills.  As students solve problems, share insights and build their knowledge they draw simultaneously on their capacities to read, write, speak and listen. All students require extensive time for purposeful reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences in all content areas. Students at St. Christopher’s participate in a substantial block of time each day dedicated to literacy which comprises Reading, Writing and Oral Language. There is an agreed whole school approach to the strategies that best support the learning needs of all individual students.

Our main aims for literacy at St. Christopher’s are developed in line with the Australian Curriculum and allow students to:

  • listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly spoken and  written texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • read with understanding and comprehension
  • speak fluently with expression
  • develop their vocabulary
  • communicate ideas within their writing.

Our school recognises that for some of our students English is their second language so we endeavour to create and apply appropriate teaching strategies to support those students.



At St. Christopher’s we recognise that mathematics is an important part of everyday life. Number, space and measurement, chance and data are common aspects of most people’s mathematical experience in everyday situations. Our goals of education in mathematics are developed from the Australian Curriculum and provide our students with essential mathematical knowledge.

Our main aims for essential learning in school mathematics at St. Christopher’s are for students to:

  • demonstrate useful mathematical and numeracy skills for successful functioning in today’s world.
  • solve practical problems with mathematics.
  • see mathematical connections and be able to apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes in posing and solving mathematical problems
  • be confident in their knowledge of mathematics, and be able to apply it, and to acquire new knowledge and skills when needed
  • be empowered through knowledge of mathematics

Each year we celebrate Numeracy week with a whole school Maths Day/Night. The teachers organise fun and informative Maths activities for the children to take part in throughout the day. In the evening parents and friends join in and actively participate with their child.