Catholic Education South Australia


Our Literacy learning and English programme is based on the Australian Curriculum and underpins the learning in all curriculum areas.

We support our students to :

  • develop proficiency in listening and speaking, enabling them to communicate effectively and imaginatively in a variety of situations.
  • become capable, critical and confident readers, who read widely with purpose and deep understanding, for both pleasure and to further their education.
  • become proficient writers and able to use written language effectively and creatively.

Daily 5 and CAFE Literacy Approach:

The Daily 5 is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.

Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalised goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring.

These choices include:

  • Read to Self,
  • Work on Writing,
  • Read to Someone,
  • Listen to Reading, and
  • Word Work.

Teachers tell us their Daily 5 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who are developing a true love of literacy.

The benefits of The Daily 5 for teachers and schools include the following:

  • students develop independence, stamina, and accountability;
  • less time consumed by classroom management leaves more for instruction;
  • the framework adapts flawlessly to the Australian Curriculum;
  • improves schoolwide literacy achievement; and
  • behaviours of independence transfer to other content areas.

The CAFE System is how teachers all over the world, deliver instruction within The Daily 5 framework. It is what enables teachers to choose individualised goals, assign strategies, monitor progress, and provide just-in-time instruction to meet the needs of every student.

CAFE is an acronym for the four major components of reading:

  • C for Comprehension
  • A for Accuracy
  • F for Fluency
  • E for Expanding Vocabulary

Children learn reading strategies within each category.

These strategies will become tools that help them become better readers and writers.