The SfCE strongly believes that literacy (and numeracy) play an important role in the educational journey of each individual learner in our schools.  Our unit works to increase the awareness, attitudes and knowledge among the different stakeholders and policymakers in our schools. With much dedication our small team carries out different related tasks including:

  • Various parental meetings were held for all KG 2 students including new entrants at the end of the scholastic year.  The aim of these meetings is to guide and inform parents of literacy strategies in preparation of literacy programmes in schools. 
  • At the beginning of the scholastic year, similar parental meetings are offered to all KG 2’s and Grade 1’s.  The aim of these meetings is to equip parents with the necessary skills in line with the literacy methodologies used in the different schools.  Further parental support is provided in January and May with further information on the literacy programmes being provided to schools.
  • Various parental meetings are offered to students identified as struggling students.
  • During the year, the literacy unit offers support to various schools in the use of various methodologies including phonics, shared and guided reading.
  • Supporting schools in the development of school action plans for the development of literacy as a whole school approach.
  • Provision of support to teachers through demo lessons and follow up sessions in all schools.
  • The SfCE provides schools with the necessary tools to provide identify as early as possible in order to give the appropriate intervention
  • Professional Development of Teachers
  • Participation in Erasmus + training abroad
  • Provide further support on literacy to families as these are generally recognized as the most influential in literacy development
  • Increase the availability of literacy materials and tools at primary and secondary level;
  • Implementation of an improved coherent literacy curriculum which is in line with effective research based methodologies that are currently improving literacy levels in different countries and that are effectively increasing literacy levels;
  • Reduce the rate of struggling readers at all levels, including students in secondary schools in particular those with statemented needs;
  • Support Learning Support Assistants in the implementation of literacy programs for statementing students;
  • Provide further early identification and support structures;
  • Offer further differentiated and individual support to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds including poor socio economic backgrounds;
  • Improve provision of support to struggling students including those with special needs, specific learning needs such as dyslexia;


Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 – National Report

EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy 2012

Sharing Books, Building Brains | Cincinnati Children’s

SFCE Literacy and Numeracy

2 days 19 hours ago

We wanted to share a brief recap of the recent seminar, “Transforming the Early Years,” which took place last Wednesday.

Our Head of School, Mr. Elton Vella, was one of the main speakers, where he shared invaluable insights into the Montessori Approach with members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) from various other schools.

Heartfelt thanks to Ms. Angela Charles, Director for Curriculum, Mr. Christopher Bugeja, Assistant Director and Dr. Fiona Galea, Head of Department (HOD) for Early Years, for their collaborative effort in developing a comprehensive document outlining guidelines for schools, “Learning Opportunity Planning and Evaluation Guidelines in line with the Emergent Curriculum.”

This document is an attempt to move away from teacher-led sessions where children are required to progress at the same pace, engage in identical activities, and strictly adhere to the teacher’s instructions. This is in line with the National Education Strategy 2024-2030.

During his presentation, Mr. Vella not only elucidated the Montessori Approach but also demonstrated how the practices at BCJS align seamlessly with the guidelines discussed. This was an insightful demonstration of our commitment to excellence in Early Years Education with the Montessori Approach.

Here at BCJS, we’re committed to utilizing these guidelines continuously to ensure alignment with best practices and foster ongoing improvement. Thank you to everyone involved for your dedication and hard work.

A special thank you goes out to Ms. Angela and Mr. Chris Bugeja for their excellent chairing of the seminar. Their guidance ensured the event ran smoothly.

SFCE Literacy and Numeracy

3 days 1 hour ago

SFCE Literacy and Numeracy

3 days 19 hours ago

Over 100 books were bought for our little readers!

“𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒍𝒍 𝒈𝒐.”— 𝑫𝒓. 𝑺𝒆𝒖𝒔𝒔


SFCE Literacy and Numeracy

4 days 1 hour ago

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SFCE Literacy and Numeracy

5 days 20 hours ago

Yesterday morning the little investigators in Year 2.1 had an important case to solve. Inside an evidence file, they found a sachet of porridge oats, a little spoon and a hairband. They started making sense of the clues and visited the cottage where the case allegedly happened! Inside the cottage they discovered all about how a family of three bears went for a walk around the woods and left the door to their cottage open. An intruder by the name of Goldilocks walked in and a series of events then occurred. This was an opportunity to further develop critical thinking skills, as the little ones came up with reasons why the bears should not have left their door open and why Goldilocks might have walked into their cottage, as well as other, possible endings to the story. They also explored words with the phonics /ou/ pattern and traced these in oats, for a multi-sensory experience…amongst many other Goldilocks-themed activities… and all on ‘Tell a Fairytale Day’, celebrated on the 26th of February.

Well done 👏 🤩

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