CAFE & DAILY 5 – What is it? 

At JHPS, students learn about reading using the CAFE model. This stands for:

Comprehension – I understand what I read.

Accuracy – I can read the words.

Fluency – I can read accurately, with expression and understand what I read.

Expand Vocabulary – I know, find and use interesting words.

Students set goals in these different areas to help improve their reading skills. Each of these areas forms the basis for explicit teaching and teacher focus groups.



At John Henry Primary School, we utilise VCOP as an initiative to help improve students writing. VCOP is an acronym for

V – Vocabulary: Vinnie Vocabulary helps us to use WOW Words.

C – Connectives: Connie Connective helps us to use words like puzzle pieces joining sentences and ideas together.

O – Openers: Ollie Opener helps us to use words like doors to open our sentences to engage our reader.

P – Punctuation: Let’s help Penny Punctuation climb down the Punctuation Pyramid to helps us add expression and emphasis for our readers!

Each of these elements and how to use them is explicitly taught during literacy sessions throughout the year.


Spelling – Words Their Way

At JHPS our spelling program consists of Words Their Way. This is a teacher-directed, student-centred approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development. Students engage in a variety of sound, pattern and meaning activities, sorting pictures and words. Words Their Way caters for differentiated learning in the classroom, rather than a one-size-fits-all solution.


Jolly Phonics

In Foundation we use the Jolly Phonics model. We teach 3 letters/sounds a week. We work on letter and sound identification using Jolly Jingles, actions, Jolly Phonics iPad game and craft activities. We work on learning the correct letter formation, blending sounds together and segmenting.