Developing students’ skills in Language, Literacy and Communication through enjoyable and engaging learning experiences is a key focus area in the middle school. Our Language and Literacy programs provide systematic, targeted and explicit teaching in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Learning experiences are developed to support learning through high paced, fun and engaging activities and tasks.
We are committed to a diagnostic approach to teaching reading using the ‘Big Six’. These are the six skills required to be a successful reader and include: Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency and Comprehension. Students are assessed against each skill area. Once students’ literacy abilities have been assessed we use the information to inform the writing of Individual Education Plans. We utilise a range of carefully chosen evidence-based resources, strategies and approaches to meet individual student needs.
The school is committed to working with outside experts to support student learning and we currently employ a fulltime Speech and Language Pathologist. Through engaging a specialist in this area we are able to build teacher knowledge as well as support small groups and individual students in the development of speech and language skills.