In Literacy, students learn to appreciate, enjoy language and develop the ability to use it to inform, discuss, convey ideas, persuade, entertain and argue. Students are engaged in English activities in a focussed daily two hour literacy block which incorporates reading, viewing, writing, comparing researching and talking about texts.
The English program at Lyndale Greens P.S. aims to develop in children:
- A knowledge of the ways in which language varies according to context, purpose, audience and content, and the capacity to apply this knowledge.
- A knowledge of the linguistic patterns used to construct different texts and the capacity to apply this knowledge.
- A broad knowledge of a range of texts and a capacity to relate this to aspects of contemporary society and personal experience.
- The capacity to discuss and analyse texts.
- A knowledge of the ways interpretation and understanding of texts may vary according to personal, social and cultural differences, and the capacity to develop reasoned arguments about interpretations and meanings.
At Lyndale Greens the English program is based on the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and is integrated across all learning areas as well as being a learning area with specific points for study and development.
There is usually a daily two hour literacy time with an hour for reading and an hour for writing. Lessons consist of a whole class focus followed by small group focus and then concluding with whole class sharing. Students are presented with a wide range of experiences and resources that will stimulate and enrich their language development. Teaching groups are fluid and flexible, changing according to need.
Individual Learning Improvement Plans are prepared for students at risk outlining strategies to address issues.
Literacy : A balanced classroom program
Our literacy program incorporates explicit learning experiences that assist students to develop skills in:
- Speaking and listening
- Oral language
What does the literacy session look like?
Whole class focus The whole class will focus on specific reading concepts and / or strategies through the use of a shared enlarged text.
Reading Workshops The class is organised into small groups according to individual needs using a Task Management Board. Throughout the session, small groups of students will work with the teacher in a guided reading session, whilst other groups of students work at various literacy tasks that are based upon the needs of each student. Parent helpers assist during this time.
Share Time At the conclusion of the reading session, students reflect on their learning and are encourage to share their reflections with the class. The teaching focus is on developing oral language skills.
Whole class focus The whole class will focus on writing skills, either through the teacher modelling a piece of writing or the class and teacher working together to compose a piece of ‘shared writing.’
Writing Workshops Students work in small groups or individually and are given the opportunity to focus on a range of writing activities. Activities include: diary entries, publishing, story writing, factual writing, handwriting clinics and specific writing tasks eg. Letters, diagrams, lists … The teacher will work with small groups according to individual needs and will use language experiences, interactive writing or guided writing as the teaching approach.
Share Time At the conclusion of the writing session the whole class comes together and reflects on the learning that has occurred. Once again the focus is on developing oral language and listening skills.